NMSU Boasts 6 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Recipients

The Office of Education Abroad Announces 6 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Recipients

By Erica Nikolaisen, International Education Advisor

The Office of Education Abroad is proud to announce that 6 NMSU students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students with financial need to pursue academic studies or credit bearing internships abroad. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be studying or interning abroad for a minimum of four weeks and must receive a Federal Pell Grant during the term they will be abroad. The scholarship program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries in which they study.

Each year, Pell-receiving NMSU students who are planning on participating in a program abroad either for a semester, summer or academic year are encouraged to apply for the competitive Gilman Scholarship. The Office of Education Abroad in coordination with the NMSU Writing Center provides workshops during the fall and spring semesters that assist eligible student through the scholarship application process. These workshops help align students’ goals with those of the Gilman Scholarship by envisioning a greater personal, professional, and academic plan for each student. The Gilman scholarship application consists of two essays. Representatives from the Writing Center assist students with these essays by revising final drafts and working with applicants one-on-one to perfect the written portion of the application. We are proud to announce the 6 NMSU recipients for the Spring 2014 semester.

  • Luis Arreola was awarded a $5,000 Gilman Scholarship to study at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Luis is double majoring in Agricultural Business and International Business. Luis’ main goal in life is to become a successful entrepreneur that exports and imports agricultural products around the globe. Luis is particularly interested in establishing trade routes between USA and Brazil. While studying in Brazil, Luis will take courses in Portuguese in both agricultural business and international business that will fulfill requirements for both degrees. He will also have the opportunity to take courses not offered at NMSU in Brazilian business and economics that will help further reach his career goals.
  • Jesse Cardenas was awarded a $3,000 Gilman Scholarship to study at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. Jesse is majoring in International Business and General Business with a concentration in Management. While abroad, Jesse will take courses in international management and marketing that will help him gain knowledge about the global economy and the importance of international markets. He will also be living with a host family with the hope of increasing is Spanish language proficiency. Jesse’s career goals include working internationally in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Javonne Goodman was awarded a $5,000 Gilman Scholarship to study at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. Javonne is double majoring in International Business and Marketing with a minor in Clothing, Textile, and Fashion Merchandising. After graduating from college, Javonne would like to pursue a career in the Italian fashion industry. While studying in Milan, Javonne will be taking courses in both fashion and business while also studying the Italian language.
  • Francsisco Jaquez was awarded a $3,500 Gilman Scholarship to participate in the International Student Teaching Program in San Ignacio, Belize. Francisco is a Secondary Education major and wants to teach secondary English and Languages Arts after graduation.  Completing his student teaching in Belize will give Francisco the opportunity to learn about the education system in Belize. He is particularly interested in learning about the curriculum, student-teacher relationships, and how culture, race and ideals influence the classroom environment in the local high school in which he will be student teaching.
  • Victorina Segura was awarded a $4,000 Gilman Scholarship to study at Korea University in Sejong, South Korea. Victorina is a senior double majoring in English and History. Victorina’s career goal is to become a Professor of History in classical Asian Literature, and studying abroad in South Korea will help her achieve this goal. While in Korea, Victorina will be taking courses in history, Korean literature, and studying the Korean Language. She will also be teaching English to Korean students at her host university.
  • Ruth Woo was awarded a $4,500 Gilman Scholarship to study at the Universidad Blas Pascal in Cordoba, Argentina as part of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).  Ruth is a senior double majoring Spanish and German. Ruth previously studied abroad in Berlin, Germany where she took German language courses and will now be studying abroad in order to increase her Spanish language proficiency. Ruth’s career aspirations including becoming an interpreter, or a Spanish, or German teacher. While studying in Argentina, Ruth will be taking courses taught in Spanish in arts, sciences, history, and culture and living with a host family.

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