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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
    Nairobi, Kenya
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Why study abroad? Ask Michelle Obama

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    How can we make study abroad more appealing & affordable?

    Money is likely the determining factor for most students who consider study abroad. Based on my own experiences as an international student and study abroad adviser at my university, I have learned that hundreds of funding options for study abroad exist—and often it takes just a bit of resourcefulness to find them. In the summer of 2012, I was very fortunate to receive one such scholarship: the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for my study abroad in Jordan.

    Initiatives like the Gilman Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, are immensely helpful in covering the costs of study abroad. Further, the Gilman Scholarship is particularly well suited for increasing the study abroad participation rates of students like myself from low-income backgrounds. Yet many other groups are also underrepresented in study abroad, including minority students, men, and students with disabilities, to name a few.

    First Lady Michelle Obama, with this in mind, what do you believe can be done to diversify the types of grants, scholarships, and/or fellowships available at the federal level to students who wish to study abroad in order to make the experience more widely appealing and accessible?
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