voUniversity of Richmond junior Alice Vo, of New York City, has received a Gilman scholarship to support her study abroad experience in China this fall.

Vo is double-majoring in anthropology and history and is minoring in Chinese studies. She will attend Peking University in Bejing to study Mandarin as well as take courses on Chinese history, economics, women studies, and social sciences. She also plans to spend time volunteering.  

“As a first-generation college student I thought I would never have the opportunity to study abroad,” Vo said. “However, the University of Richmond and the Gilman scholarship changed my mind. I feel incredibly grateful to have this experience.”

In addition to her Mandarin studies, Vo is fluent in Vietnamese and Cantonese.

“Study abroad experiences are a hallmark of a Richmond education,” said Dana Kuchem, director of the Office of Scholars and Fellowships. “This award allows a wider range of students access to international opportunities, which serve a formative role in students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them.”

More than 65 percent of University of Richmond students complete a study abroad experience before graduating.

The University of Richmond had six Gilman scholars for 2017-18, the institution’s record. The previous top year was five scholars in 2011-12. UR has had 24 Gilman Scholars since the program started in 2001.

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Learn more about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program at https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.