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Five Juniors Named Gilman Scholars
Five Juniors Named Gilman Scholars

August 02, 2016

Five Susquehanna University students have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, enabling them to study in Costa Rica, Senegal, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Olivia Cohenour, a junior ecology major from Mifflinville, Pa., will study at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. "This program offers a great opportunity for me to study ecology," Cohenour said. "It offers many science courses that will help me in my career both in school and after school."

Junior art history major Damian Munoz, of Tamaqua, Pa., will travel to the United Kingdom to study at Regent's University London, School of Fashion and Design. "I decided to create my own self-designed major to prepare myself for a career in high fashion," Munoz said. "London is one of the few fashion epicenters of the world, and spending a semester studying abroad at one of its universities will prove invaluable for the development of my taste, understanding, and insights into fashion and its surrounding industry and cultures."

Brenda Ortega, a junior communications major from Baldwin Park, Calif., will study at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. "The Universidad Nacional has an elite business administration school where I will be able to fulfill a lot of my business requirements and my Spanish requirements because all the courses are given in Spanish," Ortega said.

Junior French and biology major Brandy Shrawder, of Mifflinburg, Pa., will travel to the West African country of Senegal where she will live with a Senegalese family in the capital city of Dakar. "One of my elective classes, Public Health and Development in Senegal and Africa, appeals to me because I have a healthcare studies minor and I plan to go to dental school," Shrawder said. "This class will give me a broad perspective of what being a part of a healthcare field entails, and it would teach me about healthcare in a developing country."

Linsey Sipple, a junior earth and environmental sciences major from Edinboro, Pa., will go to the United Kingdom to study at Stirling University, Stirling, Scotland.

Scholarship recipients gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies-making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Susquehanna University has a dedicated program in place to identify and nurture potential scholarship applicants. In addition to the Gilman, Susquehanna students have also received the following coveted scholarship awards over the past few years:

  • Fulbright
  • AmeriCorps
  • Peace Corps
  • TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France)CBYX (Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, Germany)

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