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Three MSU students win prestigious scholarship for international study

August 17, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Senior Erin Hess has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Argentina during the 2017-2018 academic year. Photo courtesy Erin HessSenior Karissa Pfantz has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Malaysia during the 2017-2018 academic year. Photo courtesy Karissa Pfantz.Junior Trampus Barton has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Australia during the 2017-2018 academic year. Photo courtesy Trampus Barton

Senior Erin Hess has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Argentina during the 2017-2018 academic year. Photo courtesy Erin Hess

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University seniors Erin Hess and Karissa Pfantz and junior Trampus Barton have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the fall semester. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the scholarship.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Hess, Pfantz and Barton are three of nearly 1,000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the award, according to the U.S. Department of State. The three students now bring the total number of MSU students to receive this award since 2012 to 19, according to Colin Moravec, study abroad program coordinator for MSU’s Office of International Programs

Hess, a geography major from Helena minoring in Latin American and Latino studies, will participate in a Spanish language and cultural studies program at the Universidad de Belgrano during her semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“I want to make connections with people who have grown up with a different set of social standards that have formulated their experiences,” Hess said. “Studying abroad provides an incredible opportunity to experience other perspectives and incorporate them into our own daily habits, our way of thinking about the world and how we give back to it. I feel so honored and grateful to receive this scholarship.”

Pfantz is an environmental studies major from Hamilton who will be studying how the country of Malaysia handles environmental issues. During her time at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, near Kuala Lumpur, Pfantz will continue to focus on environmental studies. She plans to travel as much as possible to study environmental issues in the field.

“I am so fortunate to receive the Gilman award, which will allow me to not only study in Malaysia, but to do the traveling I will need to accomplish my field studies,” Pfantz said.

Barton, a Kalispell native, is majoring in cell biology and neuroscience. He will continue his studies this fall at the University of Wollongong, located in the coastal city of Wollongong, New South Wales,

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives and achievements, visit http://eca.state.gov.

For more information on the Gilman program, please contact gilmanscholarship@iie.org.

The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available at https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Gilman-Fall-2017-Recipients-for-website-7.28.17.pdf.

Contact: Colin Moravec, Office of International Programs, 406-994-5588 or colin.moravec@montana.edu