Saint Martin’s student receives esteemed study abroad scholarship

January 10, 2012

FredrickSchouvillerLACEY, WASHINGTON — Fredrick Schouviller of Olympia, Washington, is one of 1,000 outstanding American undergraduate students from over 380 colleges and universities across the U.S. who has been offered the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in a study abroad program during the spring 2012 semester. Schouviller, a second-year Saint Martin’s student, will be studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina from February to July.

Established in 2000, the Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas.

Schouviller, who will complement his Spanish language immersion program by living with a host family, says, “Receiving the Gilman Scholarship is an opportunity for me to broaden my horizons and emerge myself in a new culture and learn a new language. This is an experience that few are able to have; it will sculpt my future and how I see the world. I am very blessed to receive this opportunity.”

Study Abroad Coordinator Brenda Burns is fluent in the Gilman International Scholarship Program criteria, as she was recently designated to be a member of the selection committee.  Burns says, “I am thrilled that a deserving student like Fredrick received this prestigious award. I look forward to encouraging more Saint Martin’s students to apply in the future.”

Recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies—making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. According to IIE President Allan Goodman, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Brenda Burns
Study abroad coordinator

Sarah Holdener
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