(Posted April 27, 2009)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Alexander Schoch, a junior at Juniata College from Westfield, N.J., studying mathematics and information technology, is currently studying abroad at the City University in Athens, Greece after receiving the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Schoch, the son of Wendy McCurdy and Tim Schoch of Westfield, received the Gilman Scholarship in fall semester 2008 and spent the spring semester studying abroad, taking Greek, a marketing class and a photojournalism course.

The Gilman Scholarships, named for Benjamin Gilman, a Republican U.S. Representative from New York, offer grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to study abroad. More than 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 were awarded this academic year. The program also encourages students to choose non-traditional destinations for their study-abroad experience.

The program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.

Schoch is a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Club. He also works part-time in Juniata's Enrollment Center.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.