John Tindle

John Tindle

John Tindle

Class of 2015

TU biology sophomore John Tindle has received the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship to study abroad. Tindle, of Tulsa, is one of only nine students in Oklahoma to receive the scholarship in fall 2012.

Tindle is a member of the Cherokee Nation and a first-generation college student in his family. With the support of the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, he plans to travel to the Caribbean in Latin America and participate in a program sponsored by the Council for International Education Exchange.

“The program is called Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation, and it will give me the chance to do a lot of diving on the coral reef off the coast of Bonaire,” he said.

Tindle, who chose the conservation program because of his background in diving, will conduct independent research on the reef.

“I’m already familiar with diving because I work part time at the Oklahoma Aquarium,” Tindle said. “I received my dive certification when I first started working there in March 2011.”

He dives at the aquarium on a weekly basis, helping with maintenance of the facility, but Tindle soon will dive in new waters; his study abroad experience is Jan. 18 through May 4, 2013, in Bonaire, a popular diving destination in the Netherlands Antilles.

The international scholarship program is offered to students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study abroad because of financial constraints. U.S. undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding who are studying nontraditional fields are encouraged to apply and travel to international destinations rarely visited by travel abroad students.

Applications undergo a competitive selection process, and scholarship recipients receive financial support to pay for program costs such as international room and board, insurance and local transportation.