St. Paul, Minn. – Marie Crane ’20, from Tunis, Tunisia, has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this fall in Madagascar.

Crane is one of 835 American undergraduate students from 310 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the fall of 2018 or the 2018-2019 academic year.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas.  The Gilman Scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 25,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.

Crane said during her semester in Madagascar, she will participate in SIT’s (School for International Training) biodiversity and natural resource management program.

“This will involve staying with a host family in the city of Antalaha while I take courses in conservation, ecology, Malagasy, and French,” she said. “I’ll get to visit several national parks and nature reserves for field studies. During the last month of the program, I will conduct an independent study project. I hope to study coral reef management and conservation, but the topic is subject to change.”

During her time in Madagascar, Crane will also stay with a host family in a small village for one week, which will allow her to learn more about the environmental challenges facing the rural areas of Madagascar. She looks forward to learning about the culture, traditions, and history of Madagascar, while developing good relationships with her host families and other Malagasy people.

After she graduates from Macalester, Crane wants to continue her education in biology by attending graduate school.

“I would either like to pursue a career in bioinformatics or biological research, said Crane. “I grew up overseas (Morocco and Tunisia) and plan to live overseas again, most likely in a Francophone country like Madagascar.”

The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security).

Macalester has been named a Gilman Top Producing Institution

The U.S. Department of State has announced its inaugural list of U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2016-2017, and Macalester College has been recognized for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list, organized by institution size and type.

Macalester College has been cited for success in the category of Top Small Colleges and Universities (< 5,000 undergrads).

Kevin Morrison, Director of the Center for Study Away, said of the recognition: “While we are fortunate at Macalester to have an institutional culture that strongly supports study abroad, Gilman has helped make study abroad a reality for students who could not otherwise take advantage of the opportunity. With so many excellent institutions promoting the Gilman Scholarship to their students, it is an honor to have had so many of our students selected, and we are humbled to be recognized as a Top Producing Institution.”

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August 6 2018

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