BCTC Student Selected for the U.S. Department of State Scholarship to Study Abroad

Published on Feb 27, 2018

J. Ishamel at Frankfort

J. Ishamel at Frankfort

LEXINGTON, KY — Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce that Jeffery Ishmael, BCTC student and state legislative intern, is one of only 1,000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year.

“I'm extremely honored to be given this award and amazing opportunity to explore and study in Japan,” said Ishmael. “I'll do my best to represent BCTC, Lexington, Kentucky, and the USA to the utmost capability.”

Ishmael will study at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan during July and August of this year. His Summer Japanese Studies program is sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

Ishmael was one of over 800 applicants for the Gilman Scholarship Program during the summer 2018 early application cycle. Only 300 awards were granted. The applicant pool was highly competitive, making his selection an impressive accomplishment.

In addition to receiving this honor, Ishmael was selected to represent BCTC in Frankfort as a legislative intern in this session. He currently interns for Senator Reginald Thomas. After BCTC, Ishmael plans to complete a degree in computer science at Eastern Kentucky University.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to study or participate in an internship program abroad. Since 2001, more than 25,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds have had meaningful educational experiences abroad, increasing participation in study abroad especially in countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.

The late Congressman Benjamin Gilman, for whom the scholarship is named, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee.

When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.  In addition, it provides our 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.”

The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The complete list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships this term, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on the website: gilmanscholarship.org.

Are you interested in applying for the Gilman Scholarship to study aboard? Contact Nathan Smith, director of the First Year Center at BCTC, at 859- 246-4622 or nathan.smith@kctcs.edu.