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WTAMU Student Named Gilman International Scholarship Award Recipient

June 10, 2014

CONTACT:    Laura Seals, 806-651-2587, lseals@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Student Named Gilman International Scholarship Award Recipient

CANYON, Texas—Alex Montoya, a senior mass communication major at West Texas A&M University, is the recipient of a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and will participate in an international internship program during the summer 2014 academic term with a $3,000 stipend.

Montoya, whose hometown is Los Angeles, Calif., will study and work in Shanghai, China, for Ringier, a multinatAlex Montoyaional integrated media company founded in 1833. Ringier, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, includes interests in print, radio, broadcast, web and mobile media. This is a perfect placement for Montoya with his double emphasis in advertising/public relations and electronic media. Montoya will serve as a business editorial intern.

In addition to his work for Ringier, Montoya also has been selected as a Gilman Global Experience Blogger (Gilman Global Blog) and has been asked to blog about his experiences for Globalinksabroad.org.

Since the establishment of the Gilman International Scholarship Program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 13,000 students nationwide have received this award. Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, said, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Recipients of the scholarship 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. According to Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, “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.”




The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) 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. In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.  Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports and professional exchanges. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives and achievements, visit http://eca.state.gov.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization. IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State. The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (http://www.iie.org), publishing the Open Doors Report and operating www.IIEPassport.org and www.studyabroadfunding.org search engines for study abroad program and study abroad scholarships. The IIE-Houston was founded in 1952 and is dedicated to building international understanding and goodwill through education, professional and cultural exchanges and developing closer associations between Houstonians and the world. IIE-Houston presents the city’s diversity and strength to current and future world leaders and creates opportunities for all Houstonians to serve as citizen ambassadors. For more information, please contact Michelle Dass Pickard, Executive Director, IIE-Houston, at 832-369-3505 or mpickard@iie.org.


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