lolaCollat management major Lola Diaz is trading her Birmingham surroundings for something a little more international: this semester, Lola will be studying at the University of Hull in England after being selected for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, seeks to make study abroad more accessible for undergraduate students across the United States. Lola was chosen among 1,000 students from more than 350 universities across the nation to receive the scholarship.

Students chosen for the scholarship program are awarded up to $5,000 towards their study abroad or internship costs. The program is highly competitive, awarding only 2,500 scholarships out of more than 10,000 applications each year.

Lola, a junior from Alabaster, chose to study in England because of its successful, growing business sector. She serves as treasurer of the Pre-Law Society of UAB and has an interest in corporate law. She plans to pursue studies in international business and law while abroad.

Beyond her university studies, Lola plans to visit London and Manchester as well. “I am looking forward to learning more about the culture,” she says.

The Gilman scholarship program aims to support underrepresented students in education abroad, providing the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies – better preparing them for a successful career in leadership.