Ethan Johnson receives scholarships to study abroad this summer
Ethan Johnson, graduate of Pickett County High School’s class of 2013, has received two scholarships to pursue an education abroad in the summer of 2014.
Ethan, son of Malcolm and Jenny Johnson, is a rising sophomore at Berea College, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Asian Studies.
He received one $2,500 scholarship from the Gilman International Foundation, which is a congressionally funded program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The scholarship was named after retired congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York, and the program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. Johnson competed with over 30,000 students across the nation, and was one of the 1,000 to receive the scholarship.
The second source of funding he received for his summer abroad was the New Horizons Grant, which is another highly competitive federally funded opportunity. The New Horizons Grant is awarded to sophomores, juniors, and seniors participating in an education abroad program of at least three weeks in length. Together, the two programs will fund approximately $4,300 of his summer abroad. The coming experience could have not been possible, even with these sources of funding, if it weren’t for the massive outpouring of local financial and moral support.