Sandridge Heading to Ecuador with Study Abroad Scholarship

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Hartsville, S.C. (June 9, 2010) --Coker College junior Eryka Sandridge of Morrow, Ga., has been awarded a $5,000 Benjamin Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad. She will spend the 2010-11 academic year in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

“I chose Ecuador because it will give me the opportunity to work on my journalism skills while learning a new language,” said Sandridge. “I want to experience a new culture and a new way of living.”

Congress established the Gilman Scholarship Program in 2000 to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduates who receive Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university.

Sandridge is pursuing a double major at Coker College in sports communication and sports management. She is also working towards a minor in Spanish. After Coker, she hopes to earn a master’s degree and have a career in broadcast journalism. Sandridge is a graduate of North Springs High School in Roswell, Ga.



Founded in 1908, Coker College is an independent, comprehensive college with a liberal arts core required of all students. Coker provides quality educational experiences in and out of the classroom that prepare graduates for professional and personal success. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Coker one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review rates Coker a Best Southeastern College based on academic reputation and student satisfaction.


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