Brenna Cannon


JONESBORO — Two Arkansas State University students have been named recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Brenna Cannon of Mountain Home and Allison Shands of Cave City were selected for the U.S. Department of State scholarship, according to an email from Jennifer Salo, A-State competitive fellowship and scholarship coordinator.

The Gilman Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness, according to the website,

Cannon is a senior at A-State where she is a double major in Plant and Soil Sciences and Agribusiness. She graduated from Mountain Home Career Academies.

She is the daughter of Brooke Cannon, and the granddaughter of Burton and Brenda Cannon.

Shands just completed her junior year at Arkansas State University, and she is majoring in accounting and minoring in Spanish. She will graduate with a bachelor’s in May of 2021.

She graduated from Cave City High School in the class of 2018.

Her parents are Typhanie Myers and John Shands.

“After such a long and difficult semester and cancellation of study abroad trips, this award notification was a light in the darkness,” Shands said.