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U.S. Department of State Encourages U.S. Undergraduate Students to Apply for the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced today that qualifying U.S. undergraduate students who want to pursue study or internships abroad as part of their higher education experience may now apply for the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship.  Qualifying students must be Pell Grant recipients, which are U.S. government financial aid grants for those who meet certain household income criteria.  Scholarship applications are being accepted from January 18 to March 9 for study or internships abroad during the Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Academic Year 2023-2024, and Spring 2024 terms.

Gilman Scholars are selected by a merit-based, competitive process and recipients must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs.  These costs may include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, and passport and visa fees.

Approximately 70-percent of Gilman recipients self-identify as racial or ethnic minorities, 60-percent are from rural communities and small towns across the United States, and one half are first-generation college students.  The Gilman Program is an integral part of the Department’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts to engage all of U.S. society in foreign policy.

Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 36,000 Gilman Scholars from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the globe.

The Gilman Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is implemented by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  To learn more about the Gilman Program and the application process, visit the Gilman Scholarship Program website.

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Kids’ Talent Agency Stellar NYC Introduces Fresh Talent and New Influencer Board

Boutique NYC kids' talent agency opens a new board for social media influencers.

Kids’ Talent Agency Stellar NYC Introduces Fresh Talent and New Influencer Board

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Stellar NYC widens its network of young talents with its new Influencer board to cater to the social media marketing needs of its growing client base.

Stellar NYC, founded by licensed talent agent Stella Roman in 2014, has always sought to fill gaps in the talent industry. Aside from representing kids in the areas of Print, Commercial, and Theater (On-screen), its fourth board—Inclusive—was born because of the lack of representation for children with disabilities. 

"I still remember receiving that email from a parent - so upset - saying she wishes children who use wheelchairs like her son were more represented in ads. Right then, I knew that pushing for more inclusivity in the industry was something I had to do," Roman recalled.  

Now, the upsurge of social media marketing and content creators has prompted the agency to dedicate a fifth division for managing 'mini-influencers' and their parents/families on various online platforms, including but not limited to Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

Some of the influencers under the care of Stellar NYC are well-known family and lifestyle content creators @AmazingAbigailGrace@Kikioella, and @zhansayadixon, who have audiences ranging from thousands to millions of followers.

Influencer division head and social media manager Em Meagher manages these talents with her extensive experience as a digital influencer herself and hopes to deliver success similar to previous and ongoing projects of the company. 

Stellar NYC is the agency representing the young boy who uses a wheelchair and went viral after being placed in a 2020 Target ad and later was invited as a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. The talent agency has also booked kids on projects with top brands such as GAP, NIKE, and Steve Madden, as well as secured its talented actors work on top network shows and movies featured on Netflix, Disney+ and HBO.

Clients interested in working with Stellar NYC's influencers may check the media kit or inquire at [email protected] Clients interested in booking talent for all other divisions may email [email protected]

Parents needing representation for their kid models and talents can also reach out to the agency by emailing [email protected] for those residing in and around the New York City area. While those out of state and seeking representation in L.A., FL, or Chicago can email [email protected] Influencers can send their details to [email protected]

Contact Information:
Stella Roman
CEO-Agency Director
[email protected]
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