From the NMSU Office of Education Abroad
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduate students. Sponsored through the Department of Education and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the scholarship is aimed towards Pell Grant receiving students with special emphasis towards increasing the diversity of students studying abroad. According to the IIE, this includes “Students in underrepresented fields of study such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities”. For each student, a top tier essay and a plan to circulate learned knowledge upon re-entry at their home university is required.
For the Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 study sessions, the Office of Education Abroad has great pleasure to announce the following recipients:
- Anais Gomez is a recipient of a $4,500 Gilman scholarship for her study in South Korea. She will be studying at Anjou University for the Summer 2014, with a focus in media, development, and cultures, all in contrast to our Paso del Norte border region. Anais is currently studying Film Production at NMSU’s Creative Media Institute.
- Maia Porras is the recipient of a $2,500 Gilman scholarship for a Spanish immersion program in Sevilla, Spain in conjunction with Texas Tech University. With the help of the language immersion, Maia plans to apply her Spanish to both her career in Nursing, and an internship delivering babies in Peru.
- Desiree Gomez received a $3,000 scholarship for her summer Japanese studies under the KCP International Japanese Language School. A student of Creative Writing, Spanish, and Japanese, Desiree will be completing her individualized Japanese study program with the assistance of the Gilman, and her own dedication.
- Rebecca Urquidi has been granted a $4,000 Gilman scholarship, participating in a Moroccan summer program which is part internship and part language studies of French and Arabic. On route to becoming a United Nations communications specialist, Rebecca will soon be completing her degree in French Languages and Literature.
- Christina Solaequi is one of 50 beneficiaries in the US of an $8,000 Critical Language Gilman scholarship. Stemming from her fascination of the Korean language, Christina will be studying Economics and Korean at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies for a full year.
- Maya Guillen is the beneficiary of a $4,500 Gilman scholarship. Maya, being inspired in part by her studies in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program and in part by her intrinsic entrepreneur spirit, desires to bring a piece of France home to the border region and open a French restaurant in her home of El Paso.
For the 2014-2015 school year’s selection process the Office of Education Abroad has begun concentrated efforts to increases the number of NMSU students receiving the Gilman scholarship. Promoting the scholarship, better utilization of Gilman alumni, and Gilman scholarship workshops are all avenues of expansion and creation.
Since the Office of Education Abroad began these efforts, Gilman scholarships have increased from 10 to 14 recipients in the 2013 and 2014 academic school years while the total amount awarded has increased from $35,000 to $57,500 in that same time period. This implying both the quantity of recipients and the awarded scholarship have both increased. These successes would, of course, be impossible without the willingness to achieve and the hard efforts by NMSU students, personified by the ones above.
In preparation of the Spring 2015 Gilman scholarship application cycle, two “Gilman Scholarship Workshops” are already planned to take place with the assistance of NMSU’s Honor’s College and the English department’s Writing Center. Those workshops will take place on September 17th and September 23rd, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Honor’s College common room.