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Allison Vogel Receives Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

June 26, 2007

Allison Vogel, an international studies and Japanese major of Canfield, was recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students to enable them to pursue academic studies abroad. This scholarship is supported by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education.

An exceptional student of Japanese, Vogel was also awarded The George and Shirley Weimer Prize in Japanese at the Senior Recognition and Honors Convocation in April.

She will be studying abroad in Tokyo for the fall 2007 semester. The first Mount Union College student to study abroad in Tokyo, Vogel says she is determined to have a great experience, 'so I can tell others to go there, too!'

Vogel credits Mount Union professors Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner, associate professor of Japanese; Dr. Michael Grossman, assistant professor of political science and director of the international studies program; and Dr. Liangwu Yin, associate professor of history and director of the non-western studies program with helping her to prepare for her experience abroad.

Furuhata has guided her through advanced Japanese courses. Grossman has enabled her to understand the politics of many countries outside of the U.S. in his 'exhausting but amazingly informative' political science courses. Yin has taught her about all about Japanese culture - and put up with her 'billions of questions.'

'I plan to use everything I've learned to make the most of my experience studying abroad in Tokyo,' said Vogel. 'The Gilman scholarship will undoubtedly help me to do this.'

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