DSU junior earns a Gilman Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study abroad

Hanadi Hariri, a junior pre-nursing major at Delta State University with a minor in psychology, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in London, Paris, Berlin and Prague this summer. The competitive scholarship program offers students up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad.

As a Gilman Scholar, Hariri will participate in the Catalyst program, where he will take the courses “Psychology and Social Identity in Modern Europe” and “Mindfulness, Healthcare and Mental Wellness Therapy in Europe Today.”

“I feel truly honored to have received a Gilman Scholarship. It is the support I needed to study abroad. What I am most looking forward to is seeing different cultures and different people,” said Hariri. “My future career is nursing. Studying abroad can prepare me to interact with patients from different cultures.”

Hariri is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Delta State Student Nursing Association and has received several academic scholarships this year. She was recognized with the Brunetti Memorial Scholarship, Feduccia Scholarship and the Robert E. Smith Endowed Nursing Scholarship from the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. To support her studies abroad, she received a DSU Goes Global Passport Grant, which allows DSU students to receive their first U.S. passport.

Michelle Johansen, assistant coordinator of International Student Services and campus Gilman Scholarship advisor, noted that Hariri is Delta State’s first Gilman Scholar. “Hanadi worked diligently with her academic advisors and financial aid office to apply for the Gilman Scholarship and make her dream of studying abroad a reality. Studying or interning abroad can be a life-changing experience for students, and our office’s goal is for more eligible students to apply for the Gilman Scholarship this fall.”

All Gilman Scholars must be Pell Grant recipients. In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and extracurricular leadership, Gilman applicants are required to write a statement of purpose, an essay on building mutual understanding and meaningful relationships during their time abroad, and a follow-up proposal for a service project.

The Gilman Scholarship, supported by the U.S. Congress, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is assisted in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information about the Gilman Scholarship and its recipients, including this newest cohort, visit

For more information about International Student Services and other study and internship opportunities abroad, contact the International Student Services office at 662-846-4574 or email [email protected].