Korean major wins prestigious national award

December 9, 2013

OSU's Daniel Kim, a junior majoring in human nutrition and Korean and pursuing a minor in integrated approaches to health and wellness, is one of over 700 American undergraduate students from 341 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Daniel will study abroad during the Spring 2014 academic term.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs.  The program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Students receiving a federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in an international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.  Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies—making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. In the past six years, Ohio State has produced 25 Gilman Scholars.

Daniel will study Korean language and culture at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, as a Gilman Scholar. At Ohio State, he is a member of both the Korean Student Association and the Korean International Student Organization; he also teaches and practices Kuk Sul, a Korean martial art. Daniel plans to pursue graduate studies in traditional Eastern medicine at Kyung Hee University in order to become a practitioner of integrative medicine.

The Gilman Scholarship program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and country of study, is available on their website: www.iie.org/gilman. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries.  It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

For more information, please contact Ohio State’s Undergraduate Fellowship Office.