NMSU Announces 5 Gilman International Award Recipients

By Jessica Lujan, Education Abroad Advisor

The Office of Study Abroad is proud to be partnered with the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program. Each year, Pell-receiving students who are planning on participating in a program abroad either for a semester, summer or academic year are encouraged to apply for the Gilman Scholarship. This Scholarship was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the counties and regions where they go. The Office of Education Abroad provides workshops to promote and encourage applicants as well as guides eligible students through the application process. We are proud to announce the 5 NMSU recipients for the Fall 2013 semester.

  • Gerardo Reyes is a recipient of a $3,000 Gilman Scholarship to study at the University of Vina del Mar in Vina del Mar, Chile. He is a junior majoring in International Business at NMSU. In Chile he will be taking Business, Language and Culture courses and participating in the various excursions and cultural activities that are part of his program. Through his stay in Chile, Gerardo will travel to La Ciudad Jardin, Santiago, Mapuche Ruca where the indigenous Mapuche people live, the National Congress and Pablo Neruda’s house.
  • Angelo Ruiz is a recipient of a $2,500 Gilman Scholarship to study at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He is a junior majoring in Computer Animation and Digital Effects at NMSU. In Spain he will be taking Animation and Production courses in Spanish. Angelo is excited to continue his out-of-country experiences (which include missionary work in Mexico and El Salvador) in Spain where he hopes to connect back with his Spanish heritage. Ultimately, he would like to work in a creative animation studio internationally.
  • Samanta Ruiz is a recipient of a $3,000 Gilman Scholarship to study at Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan. She is a junior majoring in Government with a minor in International Relations at NMSU. At NUFS she will be taking Government courses and participating in volunteer programs to integrate with Japanese society. She has taken four semesters of Japanese language at NMSU and is excited to use what she has learned about the language and culture during her studies abroad.
  • Jenni Sweger is a recipient of a $2,500 Gilman Scholarship to study at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She is an AFROTC member majoring in Criminal Justice and Math at NMSU. She is required to study a critical language abroad to fulfill AFROTC requirements. She will be taking Criminal Justice, Math and Czech Language and Culture classes abroad. Jenni claims that being enrolled in AFROTC fosters respect, working-together, and expansion of interests which is what study abroad is all about. Throughout her time in the Czech Republic she hopes to gain an understanding of the philosophies that govern policies of the US and its European Allies.
  • Arthur Tillbrook is a recipient of a $4,000 Gilman Scholarship to study at Korea University- Sejong in Seongbuk-gu, S. Korea. He is a Sophomore majoring in English at NMSU. In Korea he will be taking Korean Language and Culture Classes as well as classes that will earn him credit towards his English degree. Through his experiences abroad, he hopes to gain skills and experience, unlike no other at NMSU, that will assist in his goals of obtaining a law degree and becoming a practicing lawyer.


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