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Making study abroad possible

In 2012, eleven undergraduate Loyola students were chosen to receive the Gilman International Scholarship. With amounts ranging from $2,500 to $8,000, the Gilman Scholarship is awarded to students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college and don’t have the funding to study abroad, but are passionate about learning in other countries.

The Gilman Scholarship, established in 2000, is a special program geared at creating greater diversity among students going abroad. James Calcagno, the director of the fellowship office and an anthropology professor, describes the application process.

“You have to write a personal essay describing why you want to go and what you want to do while you’re studying there,” says Calcagno. “A big part of the selection is how well your essay conveys your aspirations to study abroad and how well you fit the mission of the program, and then, of course, your academic qualifications.”

Both the Fellowship and Study Abroad Offices help students format and edit their essays for this scholarship in hopes that students better understand the knowledge of how to put applications together, and they “see it as a stepping stone to something next.” This national award is highly competitive, so students must allow themselves enough time to prepare an excellent application.

“If they are funded, they get the added benefit of going overseas and studying abroad, which leads to them wanting to go again,” explains Calcagno. “They can then apply for scholarships like the Fulbright Award and they can use those experiences as a lead to future abroad studies.”

This Congressional-funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

2012 recipients included:

  • Jackie Cash, an economics and marketing major, conducted her studies in France
  • Nellie Chung, a psychology major, conducted her studies in Japan
  • Kendra Cusic, a communication major, conducted her studies in Ghana
  • Marian Lopez, a French; international studies; and political science major, conducted her studies in France
  • David Blount, a sociology and international studies major, conducted his studies in China
  • Ashley Erickson, an anthropology and international studies major, conducted her studies in Vietnam
  • Ellen Hamel, an anthroplogy major, conducted her studies in Nepal
  • Ariana Loehr, an anthropology major, conducted her studies in Vietnam
  • Adilla Menayang, an international studies major, conducted his studies in Italy
  • Coralia Davila, an undergraduate business major, conducted her studies in China.
  • Michael Niewiadomski, a biology major, conducted his studies in Italy.

For current students interested in learning more about the 2013 Gilman Scholarship Program, or how to apply, please contact Loyola’s Fellowship Office or click here.

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