The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, announced that a Spring City student is one of 16 to have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad in upcoming terms. Four additional students were selected as alternates for the award.

Isabelle Marshall of Spring City is a junior majoring in public administration with a minor in political science and public policy analytics. She plans to study in the Czech Republic

The congressionally funded scholarship aims to broaden the US student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding Pell Grant recipients who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study aboard. More than 2,500 students nationally were offered awards out of 7,000 total applicants.

In an earlier cycle, UT had four students awarded the Gilman and four alternates, bringing the total for the 2019–2020 academic year to 20 recipients and eight alternates—topping the university’s previous record of 18 recipients.

“Being selected as a Gilman Scholar is an incredible honor, and we are extremely proud of our recent award recipients. The scholarship opens up so many possibilities for students who want to engage globally, and we know our newest Gilman Scholars will feel the impact academically, professionally, and personally,” said Annastasia Williams, coordinator with UT’s Center for Global Engagement. “Our office, as well as the Gilman Scholarship, strives to improve access to students who wish to participate in education abroad programs.”