ieiMedia Student Wins Gilman Scholarship

Apr 27, 2013   //   by Rachele Kanigel   //   Blog, Istanbul, Turkey, Scholarships  //  No Comments
Rachele Kanigel is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She directed ieiMedia projects in Jerusalem (2013), Perpignan (2010 and 2011) and Urbino (2009) and taught reporting in Cagli in 2007. In 2017 she will co-direct ieiMedia's new international reporting program in Kyoto, Japan.

A Metropolitan State University journalism student has won a $4,000 Gilman scholarship to study with ieiMedia in Istanbul this summer.

Taylor Gilman, a journalism major and political science minor at the Denver university, was thrilled to learn about the scholarship from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

“Winning this scholarship is an opportunity for me to do something extraordinary,” Gilman, 19, said in an email interview. “Studying abroad is something that always seemed out of my reach, but now it’s finally happening.”

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to American undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program “aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints,” according to the program’s website.

Gilman (no relation to the scholarship’s namesake) is originally from Glenwood Springs, Colo., and is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

“I chose the Istanbul project because I like how Turkey is a destination that not many students choose when studying abroad. I am also excited about the multimedia aspect of the program. I am very interested in photojournalism and the illumination of the human condition through photography. Even though I will only be in Istanbul for four weeks, I hope that I can shed at least a little light and truth on a culture so different from my own through images.”

Gilman is one of eight undergraduate students studying in ieiMedia’s international reporting program in Turkey this summer. Seven recent graduates and grad students will intern there with ieiMedia’s internship program.

“It’s a weird sensation how I feel,” Gilman said. “I have never been more excited or terrified in my entire life.” 

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