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Boston College Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships for International Study

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (June 2013) — Five Boston College students, rising juniors and seniors, will participate in study-abroad programs this summer and fall — traveling to such destinations as Europe, Africa and Latin America — through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. A sixth student was awarded, but declined, a scholarship.

“We are pleased to report the continued success of our students” in winning Gilman scholarships, said Christina D. Hatzipetros, assistant director for International Development in BC’s Office of International Programs (OIP).

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One Boston College student, English major Maurice Jackson ’14, was selected for a summer award to study in Paris, France. Four others will study abroad during the fall semester: Sabrina Caraffa  CSON ’15, (Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador); political science major Ericka Cruz ’15  (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa); sociology and biology major Sophia Trinh ’15 (University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom), and Angela Jung LSOE ’15  (Institut Catholique de Paris’s L’institut de Langue et de Culture Française, Paris, France).

As part of the application process, students are required to submit a follow-up project proposal, for completion on campus when they return from their international study programs.

“It is wonderful to see the positive impact of their follow-up projects on campus,” Hatzipetros added. “Gilman scholars have contributed interesting research, insightful blogs, photos, served as panelists and volunteered at orientation meetings.”

She noted that Max Chou CSOM ’14, who studied in Hong Kong last fall, “authored a guide to careers in Hong Kong which will help perspective students network abroad.”

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study-abroad program costs.  The program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions to which they travel, by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate these opportunities due to financial constraints.

Hatzipetros acknowledged the work of BC’s Montserrat Coalition — an initiative under University Mission and Ministry — in assisting OIP outreach to eligible candidates.  

"It was a great privilege to work with Gilman applicants and recipients this year,” said JoAnn Lopez, an OIP graduate assistant who works as the Montserrat liaison. “Awards such as the Gilman Scholarship expand the horizon of what is possible by offering students with financial need significant and prestigious awards to defray the cost of studying abroad. The recipients spend time thinking carefully about studying abroad and how it will impact them academically, professionally and personally.

“These recipients are excellent students and will undoubtedly have transformational experiences abroad. They will learn and grow, and return to enrich the Boston College community.”  

Some 850 US undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities were selected to receive the prestigious awards, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).   

Participants have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — which makes them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. 

Of the scholarships, IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman said: “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”

For more information about the Gilman Scholarships visit
http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

Rosanne Pellegrini, BC Office of News & Public Affairs, rosanne.pellegrini@bc.edu