South Senior Earns Gilman Scholarship
Posted on July 10, 2023
Darbi Broadus, a senior at the University of South Alabama, has won an esteemed 2023 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study for the upcoming academic year in Incheon, South Korea.
The $3,000 scholarship is from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“I think my heart stopped for a second when I got the email that I had been chosen,” Broadus said. “It was a huge surprise to me, and I felt incredibly honored.”
The Gilman Scholarship fosters cultural exchange and is open to undergraduates nationwide. It was created to give more U.S. students opportunities to live abroad as students or interns.
Broadus is an international studies major in the International Studies Program, where several staff members helped her complete the application process.
“I could not be prouder of Darbi for receiving this nationally competitive scholarship,” said Executive Director of Global Engagement Bri Ard. “I am also thankful for my hardworking team, particularly Ms. Shawn Dillard and Ms. Jan Santos, who worked closely with Darbi throughout the application process.”
Broadus wants to further her education in South Korea after graduating from South. South Alabama’s partnership with Inha University in Incheon appealed to her.
“I chose South Korea to study abroad mostly because it is where I intend to continue my education, but I also just wanted to see what it was like living there,” Broadus explained. “I chose this specific university because of its location and proximity to the capital city of Seoul.”
Broadus and her USA family are excited about her achievement and opportunity.
“Ever since I was young, I had dreamed of traveling the world and getting to have these experiences I would have never dreamed of having while in America,” she said. “I am so incredibly grateful to all the faculty and staff members at South who have been there every step of the way.”
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