Asbury Student Awarded Gilman Scholarship – Asbury University
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November 2, 2016

Students posing in front of a temple in China
Quinnette Connor ’18 (second from right) visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing with Asbury’s China Study Abroad Program.

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University junior Quinnette Connor is one of more than 850 students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. 

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the scholarship awards up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduates to pursue academic study abroad. Currently studying in China through Asbury’s China Study Abroad Program, Connor is exploring Chinese language and culture with other Asbury students and faculty. 

“Two years ago, if I were to see myself flying to another country to learn another language, find my independence and challenge my fear with faith, I would have counted the idea as just another dream,” Connor said. “With Asbury offering students a semester abroad to heighten our cultural perception of the world, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity at such a crucial stage in my life where I am learning and developing as a human being.”

Throughout her application process, Connor was advised by Rosanna Willhite, Asbury’s Global Engagement Office coordinator. Willhite says the award is a testament to Connor’s high academic promise and the quality of her application.

All Asbury students who apply for the Gilman Scholarship have access to personal advising through Asbury’s Global Engagement Office, including tips for writing competitive essays and developing service project proposals. 

“I walk students through the application process,” Willhite said. “It’s a competitive scholarship, and being able to have someone look at it who’s seen winning Gilman essays and has done a lot of writing in that area is a helpful resource.”


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