December 20, 2017
Five Susquehanna University students have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, enabling them to study in Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Scotland and New Zealand during the Spring 2018 semester.
Only about 25 percent of semester program applicants receive an award. Susquehanna University has a dedicated program in place to identify and nurture potential scholarship applicants.
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. 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.
Veneranda Bautista, a junior double-majoring in strategic communications and Spanish, will study at the University of Alicante in Spain and plans to immerse herself in the Spanish language and culture. Bautista is from Reading, Pa.
Tina Dy, also a junior strategic communications major with a minor in Italian, from Philadelphia, Pa., will study at the Council on International Educational Exchange's Liberal Arts Program in Ferrara, Italy, where she will pursue intermediate- and advanced-level Italian courses.
Junior neuroscience major Alanis Hickman, of Philadelphia, Pa., will study at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. Hickman hopes to become a registered nurse or nurse practitioner after graduation. She plans to use her time abroad to either intern or volunteer in a Cypriot hospital.
Morgan MacVaugh, a junior creative writing major from Mount Joy, Pa., will study at the University of Stirling in Scotland. An aspiring author, MacVaugh will immerse herself in the mythology and legends imbedded deep within Scottish culture.
Junior biology major Raquel Ramos, of Reisterstown, Md., will study at the University of Otago in New Zealand. While abroad, Ramos will study the ecosystems and biological life within New Zealand's waterfalls, glaciers and mountains. She also hopes to learn more about the country's productive sheep milk industry.
In addition to the Gilman, Susquehanna students have also received the following coveted scholarship awards over the past few years:
- Peace Corps
- TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France)
- CBYX (Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, Germany)