Jae EaringJae Earing
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Spring 2017) - Study Abroad in Greece
Jae Earing, originally from Davenport, FL, is a USF Provost Scholar and proud recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Her research focuses on a project to collect and disseminate USF financial aid information to freshman and transfer students interested in obtaining study abroad funding. This project unites resources from three USF offices, including the Office of National Scholarships, Education Abroad, and Financial Aid. Her research heavily emphasizes the process of submitting scholarship applications and financial aid forms.
Jae worked closely with ONS to complete her Gilman Scholarship application. "I received a lot of help with my application from ONS," she says. "I didn't have anyone else to rely on to read over my application materials like personal statements, so that was a huge help. What helped even more was talking over my accomplishments and positive traits with an advisor. By the time I finished, I was able to put noteworthy details into my application that I never would have thought to on my own".
Jae also expressed her gratitude for receiving $3,000 in awards beyond the Gilman Scholarship award of $5,000. This included a $2,000 scholarship from the USF Provost Scholar's Program and an award for $1,000 from USF Credit Union (application available through the Education Abroad Office).
She attributes her success to intense preparation. "I prepared for a very long time for my applications, starting about a year in by doing a lot of work with ONS. Going to the workshops and working my materials over individually with my scholarship advisor helped me create the best possible application I could," says Jae.
The Gilman Scholarship has afforded her the opportunity to show she can help solve the issue of limited study abroad funding for USF students, which can help more students have the means to study abroad. Jae plans to apply for doctorate programs in Sociology in the U.S. and abroad. After finishing her education, she plans to go into either non-profit or government work in urban areas to address inequalities.
Congratulations to Jae on winning the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship!
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