Auburn University student awarded Gilman Scholarship to study in Turkey

Don'Neshia ClarkAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Institute for International Education has awarded Auburn University senior Don’Neshia Clark a Gilman Scholarship to study at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey this spring.

Clark, of Homewood, Ala., is a senior in Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

“My goal for studying abroad is to experience and gain a better perspective of the world around us,” Clark said. “Studying in Turkey will provide me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and understanding of the historical context of architecture.”

The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program is a nationally competitive scholarship program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The scholarship offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad.

The Institute for International Education, which oversees the program, is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in New York and founded in 1919. Its mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide.

“As a Gilman Scholar, Don’Neshia will have the opportunity to engage in a substantive course of study at Turkey’s leading institute of higher education, all the while immersing herself in the rich history and culture of the region,” said Paul Harris, Auburn associate director for national prestigious scholarships.

Clark is Auburn’s third Gilman Scholar this year, following Jamesa Stokes, who was awarded a scholarship to study in Germany, and Joel Geer, Japan.

“Don’Neshia was an excellent candidate and we are all elated that she was awarded this scholarship,” said Deborah Weiss, director of Auburn Abroad, the university’s study abroad program. “We encourage students to apply for this prestigious national scholarship. We work closely with Paul Harris to provide students with the assistance needed during the application process.”

More information about Auburn’s study abroad scholarships is available at the Auburn Abroad website at

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