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WTAMU Student Participates in White House Bloggers Summit

Dec. 9, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Student Participates in White House Bloggers Summit

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Gilman International Scholarship Award recipient, Alex Montoya, is taking part in a White House Bloggers Summit today (Dec. 9) in Washington, D.C. The event features 100 influential travel bloggers and digital media outlets discussing the Administration’s focus on cross-cultural educational and cultural exchange and international student mobility.Alex Montoya

Montoya, a senior broadcasting electronic media and advertising/public relations major from Amarillo, was invited to participate in the summit after blogging about his summer in Shanghai, China. The Gilman Scholarship Award recipient spent the summer 2014 academic term in Shanghai working for Ringier, a multinational integrated media company. He blogged about his experiences for Globalinksabroad.org as a Gilman Global Experience Blogger. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selected Montoya from a field of thousands of alumni to represent the Gilman program at the Summit.

The White House Bloggers Summit invited bloggers like Montoya to help increase awareness among young people and encourage participation in educational, cultural and professional exchanges. The Administration hopes the innovative ways used by travel bloggers and digital media outlets will strike a chord of interest with millennials and young leaders. Montoya and other participants will learn about current efforts on studying, working and traveling abroad as well as the opportunities available for dialogue and interaction.

Montoya is a member of the Rogers LEAD WT program and active in PULSE. 


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