University of South Carolina

3 USC students receive scholarship to study abroad

The Study Abroad Office announced this week that three USC students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to fund their spring 2013 education abroad programs.

Darius Archie, Mateusz Czarnocki and Ashley Ramberger were awarded a combined amount of $17,500 to help support their abroad aspirations to Japan, Poland and Italy, respectively.

“My greatest challenge for study abroad is funding because it will determine if I will be able to go through with my program,” wrote Archie in his scholarship application. “I did not let that deter me from applying to a program because it has always been a dream of mine to go to Japan. You have to remain positive when pursuing goals or dreams, and that’s exactly what I drilled into my brain when I applied for a study abroad program.”

Archie, a junior geology major, will use his awarded $8,000 to fulfill a dream of traveling to Japan, which dates back to a childhood love for the Asian country’s culture. He will enroll in the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University to study language, culture and geology.

Czarnocki is a sophomore computer information sciences major. His $5,000 award will help Czarnocki study in his home country, Poland. Czarnocki hoped he would receive the scholarship to visit family and further explore his cultural heritage.

The $4,500 Ramberger received gives her the unique opportunity to earn credit toward her minor while studying in Rome. Ramberger is a second-year exercise science major with a minor in art. She hopes to pursue a career as an occupational therapist. She plans on using her art minor, a study that requires control of fine motor skills, to contribute toward her professional career where improvement of these skills is integral in the treatment of patients.

In their applications for the scholarship, each of the students proposed a service project to be completed upon their return to USC. All three outlined projects to educate their peers about study abroad and address any reservations these students may have about participating. They wish to reach out to students who are unaware of the opportunities available to them, or to those who think an education abroad experience is impossible because of financial or educational reasons.

“Study abroad is a great experience, and should be made possible for anyone in every major,” wrote Ramberger in her scholarship application.

Each year, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants of up to $5,000 per semester for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. For information on the Gilman program and how to apply, visit the website at For information on other scholarship and education abroad opportunities, visit the USC Study Abroad Office’s website at

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Posted: 02/11/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/14/13 @ 2:04 PM | Permalink