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Students Headed to Spain, Cyprus as Gilman Scholars
Students Headed to Spain, Cyprus as Gilman Scholars

June 11, 2015

Two Susquehanna University students have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Joelene Joinvil, a rising junior from Scranton majoring in Spanish, will study in Spain. Kiara Ramos-Malave, a rising senior from Lancaster majoring in accounting, will study in Cyprus.

Joinvil will immerse herself in Spanish culture and language by living in a Spanish homestay, a form of study abroad that allows students to rent rooms from local families. Ramos-Malave chose Cyprus because of its diverse community of Turkish, Greek, Cypriot, and various foreign populations from Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom and parts of West Africa. She hopes to get a new view on diversity by witnessing another nation with its own struggles over identity. Additionally, Ramos-Malave will take accounting courses at University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

Joinvil and Ramos-Malave are two of 860 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the Gilman scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program 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.

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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