LAS Students Among Recipients of Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships

Five LAS undergraduate students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman scholarships to study abroad this spring. The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department to diversify the group of students who study abroad and their destinations.

The Gilman Scholarship recipients from LAS, and their respective study abroad destinations, are, Paulina Struk, an Honors College sophomore in biochemistry, who will be studying in Sydney, Australia; Raven Wells, a junior in English, who is set to travel to Tokyo, Japan; Irving Zamudio, a junior in history, studying in Fez, Morocco; Shira Marcus, a senior in psychology, studying in Suva, Fiji; and Magdalena Sosinka, a junior in psychology, set to study abroad in Uppsala, Sweden.

Additionally, Jennifer Molina, a junior in finance in the business college, will be studying abroad in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The UIC students are among more than 700 undergraduates awarded Gilman scholarships. To be eligible for the award, students must demonstrate financial need by receiving a federal Pell Grant for their studies.

Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study-abroad program costs. Since 2006, UIC students have received over 90 Gilman scholarships totaling more than $375,000.

The program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is administered by the Institute of International Education’s Southern Regional Center in Houston. The program honors former U.S. Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, a former chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee.

Source: Brain Flood of UIC News