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Nine Boston College Students Awarded
Gilman Scholarships For International Study

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (July 2012) — Nine Boston College students, rising juniors and seniors, will participate in study-abroad programs through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. In addition, two BC students were awarded, but did not accept, the scholarships.

According to the University’s Office of International Programs, Boston College has had a very successful outcome this year in terms of the awards, compared with other schools on a national scale.


Open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students, the Gilman Scholarship Program—which marks its 10th anniversary this year—aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The experience is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

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.

“These projects contribute in a significant way to our campus community,” notes  Christina Dimitrova, assistant director for International Development in BC’s Office of International Programs.

Boston College students selected for summer awards to study abroad are Jaimie An, A&S ‘14 (France) and Alyssa Lee, A&S ‘13 (South Korea).

Those awarded scholarships to study abroad during the academic year include Halcyon Apy, A&S ‘14 (Morocco), Max Chou, CSOM ‘14 (Hong Kong), Sonia "Felicia" Garcia, A&S ‘14 (Ireland), Eng "Sue" Ly, LSOE ‘13 (Tanzania), Judith Parra, A&S ‘14 (Ecuador), Kimberly Vo, CSOM ‘14 (China) and Jennifer Wong, A&S ‘14 (China).

Among that group, Ly was awarded a critical language supplement—very few of which are awarded annually—to study the Swahili language in Tanzania at Arcadia University.

"My passion lies in social work, not necessarily as a profession but as a lifestyle,” said Ly, a human development major with a minor in theology. “For me, social work is a way of seeing people for their complexities and working towards their well-being. The program in Tanzania has an emphasis on human rights, with one of the courses involving a semester- long service component, so the experience will give me more of an insight of what it means to be human and the role that social justice plays in that. The scholarship will allow me to take my experience in Tanzania and incorporate it into the work I hope to do in the Boston College community and beyond."

Of the two Boston College students who did not accept the Gilman Scholarships—juniors Marissa Thornton and Steven Jefferson—Dimitrova said “they both put a lot of effort in the application process for the Gilman and we recognize their success in the competition.”

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--Rosanne Pellegrini, Office of News & Public Affairs,