MUNCIE – Kokomo resident Hailey Rice will spend spring semester 2014 student teaching in Germany with the support of a $2,500 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.
A senior in Ball State University’s exceptional needs and severe interventions program, Rice is the first Ball State student from her major to participate in the student teaching program at Ramstein, a United States Air Force base in Germany.
She is the daughter of Jana Brookshire and Jay Rice, Kokomo.
“I am so thankful for this scholarship and the awareness it will help bring to other special education majors about this nontraditional route for student teaching,” Rice said in a press release. “I am extremely fortunate to have been given the chance to showcase my abilities and strengthen my passion for teaching students with special needs in Germany.”
The federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students pursuing academic studies abroad, in order to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
Up to $3,000 of additional funding is available to students to pursue study of certain languages.
All Gilman Scholarships recipients are required to carry out a follow-up project upon their return to the U.S. that helps promote international education and understanding.
Rice plans to share her experiences in Germany in special education classrooms at Ball State and also create printed materials to promote the Ramstein program.
She leaves for Germany in mid-January.