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June 25, 2019

Four Susquehanna University students were awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, enabling them to study in Cuba, Cyprus and the Netherlands during the fall semester.

Two additional Susquehanna students were chosen as alternates.

Only about 25% of semester program applicants nationally receive a Gilman award. Susquehanna has a dedicated program in place to identify and mentor students throughout the application process for Gilman and other prestigious scholarships.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables U.S. students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs.

What are the benefits? 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’s Gilman scholars and their plans for this fall:

  • Brooke Boes, a junior neuroscience major from Westwood, New Jersey, will study in the neurosciences program at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
  • Israel Collazo-Luciano, a junior from New Oxford, Pennsylvania, who is double-majoring in Spanish and sociology and minoring in history and Africana studies, was accepted to study in Cuba. He must defer for personal reasons.
  • Cheyenne Keams, a junior from Shiprock, New Mexico, who is double-majoring in sociology and secondary education, will study at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.
  • Anya Ray, a junior biomedical sciences major from Owings Mills, Maryland, will also study in the medical sciences program at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.

Alex Tobin, a junior finance major and public relations minor from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, was chosen as an alternate for England, and Mary Stebbins, a junior neuroscience major from Reading, Pennsylvania, was chosen as an alternate for Cyprus.