headshot of Bidhya Bhattari

Student Receives Two National Study Abroad Scholarships

Posted 2/6/2020

​DMACC Urban Campus student Bidhya Bhattarai has won two national study abroad scholarships.  She is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from the Fund for Education Abroad, and she won a $1,500 award from the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. Bhattarai, who is studying nursing, will use these scholarship funds to study in London, England this spring semester.
“I come from the small country of Nepal, where as a refugee opportunities are very limited,” said Bhattarai.  I was never exposed to any scholarships back home.  Now in the United States, I have opportunities everywhere.”
She said she is looking forward to experiencing the culture and history that she has been studying, and meeting new people.
Each spring, the DMACC Study Abroad program sends students to the United Kingdom for an eight-week travel experience. Working in partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Studies, students earn DMACC credit while living and studying in London. The DMACC Study Abroad program saw record numbers of students accepted into the program.
“Typically ten to 12 students take part in the Study Abroad Program” said Study Abroad Coordinator Lauren Rice. “This year we have 24 students accepted into the program.”
Students depart for London on February 14, and return on April 11, 2020. The program includes several guided tours of sites such as The British Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the Houses of Parliament. Two guided day trips are also included in the program. This year students will see Stonehenge and Salisbury and the university town of Oxford. Two theater trips and a ride on the London Eye are included in the program.
The program costs about $11,000 in total.  It is much less than a four-year school, but the costs can still be an obstacle for students to overcome.
“I am so proud of Bidhya. Applying for these scholarships does take some effort and planning, but Bidhya showed those efforts can pay off,” says Rice, who encourages more students to apply for these national-level scholarships.
Bhattarai has also won the $1,000 DMACC Deans and Provost Scholarship for study abroad.
For more information about the DMACC Study Abroad program visit www.dmacc.edu/studyabroad or contact program coordinator Lauren Rice at 641-791-1746 or lrrice@dmacc.edu.
The Benjamin Gilman Scholarship is a congressionally funded program through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. State Department. Bhattarai was one of 1,500 students who won a Gilman award. The mission of the Gilman Scholarship is to broaden the student population that studies and interns abroad.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) seeks to provide scholarships and ongoing support to populations of students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad experiences. These include first-generation college students, minority college students, and community college study abroad students. Bhattarai is a member of all three of those populations. She was one of 41 students awarded $200,000 for the spring of 2020. FEA was established in 2010 as an independent scholarship provider and has awarded $1.8 million to 466 undergraduate students.

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