Berea College Named as a Gilman Top Producing Institution

Berea College Named as a Gilman Top Producing Institution

August 29, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


This lush Thai backdrop might be half a
world away from Kentucky, but class is still in session for Deshontanae Davis
and her fellow Berea College students. “Like whoa, this is so different
from everything that I thought that it was going to be, but it was also very
exciting and exhilarating to know that I was going to spend four months in a
place that I’d always wanted to travel and learn about.” That’s exactly what
Study Abroad is meant to do: Give students like Simeon Huff a chance at
adventure and learning. “It can be difficult to really get that kind of learning
experience and to learn about other cultures and to be immersed in the
language if you have to do it in a classroom.” Gerald Thomas says the
lack of extra money might keep college students tethered to their dorms. “That financial burden is definitely like a hold that I would say holds a lot of
people back up, but luckily I didn’t have to.” Thomas and his fellow classmates
cashed in on some of the opportunities Berea College offers its students. Berea
was named as a Gilman top producing institution. This means it was one of the
places that sent the most students overseas on scholarship. Berea College
Education Abroad Advisor Ann Butwell says the best part of her job it to
tell students finances won’t get in the way. “It’s the chance to see the world to
get beyond what we call the ‘Berea bubble.’ Probably no other time in your life when
you’re going to be able to get the kind of grants and loans that are available
at this stage.” The Gilman scholarship is a national award for outstanding high
achieving and low-income students. A student can get up to $5,000 for a
semester abroad and the college chips in an additional grant to help the student
get the most of their experience, with little to no debt. “That’s just one huge
stress that was taken off so I really got to live and I really got to
experience the culture and focus on my service to others.” Even though they saw
different countries and cultures, the result was the same: lifelong memories. “I
wouldn’t trade that experience for anything because it’s like they say: money kind of comes and goes. This is temporary. But those experiences last
forever, so that’s something that I really value.” Reporting in Madison County, Michael Cadigan, Spectrum News 1.