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Visaya and Davis awarded Gilman International Study Abroad Scholarship

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Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Two University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo students are currently studying abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year after receiving the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 each.

Fred Visaya Jr., a sophomore majoring in performing arts, is studying at Rikkyo University, Japan. Visaya chose to study in Japan because of his passion for the Japanese art of taiko, and has decided to become a professional taiko artist.

Angelo Davis, a senior majoring in Japanese studies, is studying at Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan. She chose to study in Japan to further engage in studying the Japanese language. After graduation, Davis plans to apply to the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program to teach in Japan.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers undergraduate students of U.S. citizenship opportunities to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The program supports students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

To apply for this scholarship, visit

To learn more about the study abroad program, call 932-7489 or visit

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