Getting to see the world is something most people only dream about, but for Murray State University sophomore Trent Fenwick this dream is about to become reality.

Fenwick received the Gilman Scholarship, which is given to undergraduate students who need financial assistance to be able to study or internship abroad. This scholarship is not handed out to just anyone. This year there were approximately 2,600 applications and only 700 awards were handed out to students for the spring semester. Fenwick will be using the scholarship to travel to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to study abroad for six months. There he will study human rights at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

When Fenwick graduated from high school and decided to further his education at Murray State, he had already accumulated enough credits to be considered a sophomore. And now, his second semester as a Racer will be spent in South Africa looking at a whole new way of life.

“I’m most excited about participating in a new culture and all the diverse ideas that few people ever get to experience. It’s the trip of a lifetime and, although somewhat anxious, I could not be any more grateful for the opportunity,” said Fenwick.

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