The nationally competitive Gilman International Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions to which they go. The Institute administers this congressionally funded program for International Education on behalf of the U.S. State Department. Study abroad participants have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies - making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within the government and the private sector. According to IIE President Allan Goodman, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries”.
Clance was also awarded the Rasmussen Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of Mr. Wallace Rasmussen (1914-2008) for whom the Rasmussen Center for International Education at Belmont is named.
Residing from Calhoun Ga., and double majoring in International Politics and Asian Studies, Tara is enrolled in Belmont University’s “Rise of the Red Dragon”, a summer study abroad program in which 18 students will travel across China while studying classes that cater to their unique degrees. Students will travel to the cities of Beijing, Zhengzhou, and Hong Kong and explore such historical sites as The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and The Great Wall Of China. Along with exploring the different historical, cultural and philosophical views of the country, students will also take business trips, to gain insight into Chinese economic and business practices. Tara will be working to improve her proficiency in Mandarin Chinese language and to develop a better understanding of the region and its role in the world and global economy. Upon returning to the U.S, Tara will apply her knowledge to community through a service project of her own design.
Clance was recently selected by her peers as a recipient of the Belmont’s Rising Senior Scholarship and has been offered a sitting Student Justice position for the 2012-2013 school year. Other accolades include: Belmont Honors program, Deans List, President of Belmont’s Model United Nations program, and President of Gamma Nu chapter of PHI SIGMA IOTA .