Khiarra Johnston ’22 Awarded Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad in Korea

December 03, 2019
  • Khiarra Johnston during an August 2019 trip to Seoul, Korea.
Johnston, a double major in Cinema Television and Emerging Media and Public Relations, has been awarded a $2,500 Gilman Scholarship and will spend the Spring 2020 semester at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea.

The grant program, funded through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is named after the late New York congressman, Benjamin A. Gilman. The program enables students to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

In addition to her two majors, Johnston is a double-minor in Dance and Law and Ethics, and will be studying cinematography and Korean Law while at Sogang. “I’m hoping that studying abroad will give me a fresh perspective to add to my studies moving forward,” says Johnston. “I visited Seoul for two weeks back in August and I completely fell in love with the city and the lifestyle. I’m excited to go to school with people from all over the world and live outside of my normal element.” 

Congratulations, Khiarra! 

For current students interested in studying abroad, check out our Study Abroad Guide or contact Cindy Sittler at