Moraine Valley students Yousef Abdemnabi and Ammgad Hussein, both of Oak Lawn, were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in the fall 2015 semester. They each will receive up to $5,000 to participate in an internship in China.

Abdemnabi and Hussein are two of 860 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive this prestigious award sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they travel. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, languages, and economies making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

“We are so proud of all of our students who represent the college abroad, but we are even more thrilled Yousef and Ammgad have been awarded the highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship so they can pursue their dream of studying abroad in China, ” said Merri Fefles, Moraine Valley study abroad coordinator and associate professor of History and Political Science.

“As a business major, being able to have this cultural experience in China is invaluable, and I would never have had this opportunity without the Gilman scholarship,” said Hussein.