by Walter Kraft, Published June 04, 2012
YPSILANTI: Eastern Michigan University students Elyzabeth Lynn and Martin Tomaj have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study in Japan for the academic year 2012-13.
Lynn, a junior from Ann Arbor, will be studying at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU), while Tomaj, a junior from Farmington Hills, will study at Kansai Gaidai University. Both students will receive the maximum award under the scholarship program.
Stephen Burwood, director of international studies at Eastern Michigan said, "I am very excited that once again EMU students like Martin Tomai and Elyzabeth Lynn have shown themselves able to compete and win federal scholarships in competition with the best students from around the country. They are a credit to themselves, their families, to Michigan and to Eastern Michigan University.
"I have no doubt they will represent the United States in Japan ably and successfully. And it may well be the best time of their lives!"
Lynn is majoring in International Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She transferred to Eastern after earning an associate's degree at Washtenaw Community College.
Through JCMU's intensive year-long program, she will complete the equivalent of two years of university-level Japanese language instruction, as well as electives supporting her interest in Japanese business practices.
Tomaj is pursuing a double major in Japanese Language & Culture and Art. Through EMU's exchange program with Kansai Gaidai, near Osaka, he will take intensive Japanese language as well as electives in the Asian Studies Program there.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad.
Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process.
The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.
This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, TX.