Woodhaven's Tammy Tran Awarded U.S. State Dept. Gilman Scholarship to Study in China

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Lawrence University senior Tammy Tran of Woodhaven has been awarded a Gilman scholarship through the U.S. State Department to study abroad this fall in China.

APPLETON, WIS. (07/09/2013)(readMedia)-- Tammy Tran, daughter of Dieu and Lai Tran, Woodhaven, has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She is a 2010 graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School, Elmira Heights.

A senior at Lawrence University, Tran will spend three months this fall studying at Minzu University in Beijing on the Associated Colleges in China Intensive Chinese Language program.

"Extending my studies in Chinese language and culture beyond the Lawrence classroom will enhance my liberal arts education and challenge me to grow into a more globally minded individual," said Tran, an English and Chinese languages and literature major. "I am really excited to continue learning Mandarin by immersing myself in China and opening my mind to a culture that I have always felt deeply connected to through my family."

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad program costs. The scholarship program provides opportunities to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies, preparing recipients to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

The program honors former New York Congressman Benjamin Gilman, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973-2003.

Gilman was a strong advocate of study abroad programs, believing they "provide 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."

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