Margo Micheals, a second-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the fall 2017 semester. The Marinette High School graduate is one of only 1,000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the United States selected.
Micheals will be studying in Seville, Spain. She plans to share her study abroad experiences with third and fourth grade students in Marinette next spring through a program she developed as a part of her Gilman Scholarship application. She has been studying Spanish since the seventh grade and credits a high school outreach program with her fourth-grade class for getting her excited at a young age about languages and future study abroad possibilities.
“I was thrilled to learn that I was named a Gilman scholar, and I’m grateful to Dr. Jennifer Flatt, my Spanish professor, Danielle Clarizio, the International Programs director, and Cindy Bailey, the campus administrator, for all they did to support me in setting up my study abroad experience,” Micheals said.
During her first year at UW-Marinette, Micheals wanted to experience another culture and a life different from what she grew up in so she began investigating study abroad programs. She learned about the Gilman Scholarship and applied to the competitive program, hoping to use it to finance part of her expenses.
News of the grant came just weeks before Micheals is due to depart for Spain on September 5. “Last year, I didn’t feel ready for college. Now I’m scared to go and study abroad, but I know when I wake up the day of the flight, I’ll be ready,” she said.
Micheals plans to study linguistics after completing her Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from UW-Marinette next spring. Eventually she would like to teach classes in English as a Second Language.
The Gilman International Scholarship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since 2001, it has helped more than 24,000 American students to engage in meaningful educational experiences abroad.