STUDENT AWARDED $3,000 GRANT TO STUDY IN FINLAND

Taylor Cannon

By Dillon Key
University Relations and Creative Services

Taylor Cannon, a junior at the University of Central Arkansas, received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship award of $3,000.

The Sherwood native will attend Centria University of Applied Sciences in western Finland, where he will continue his study in computer science. He is scheduled to complete his degree in December 2018.

The Benjamin A. Gilman award is a grant program from the U.S. Department of State that enables U.S. citizen undergraduate students to study or intern abroad, gaining skills critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

“I am quite thankful for all of those that have encouraged me to seek out this opportunity,” said Cannon. “I became aware of this grant because of Natalie Flemming, study abroad program manager at UCA.”

Cannon is the second UCA student to ever receive this government scholarship.

“This opportunity wouldn’t be available to me without having involvement with UCA,” said Cannon. “The entire process for applying to study abroad was quite difficult but the faculty within the department helped me along each step of the way.”

UCA is currently partnered with international universities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain and Thailand. The Office of Study Abroad continues to add more partner universities to accommodate the growing demand for semester exchange.

ABOUT THE UCA DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

The University of Central Arkansas Division of International Engagement integrates students, faculty, staff and community for a supportive, diverse and collaborative community on campus through cultural and educational programming. For more information about UCA’s International Engagement please visit http://uca.edu/international/