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Seven Boston College Students Awarded
Gilman Scholarships For International Study

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (January 2013) — Seven Boston College students in the Class of 2014 are participating in study-abroad programs this semester—in Japan, Ireland, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa and the UK—through prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships.  

According to the University’s Office of International Programs (OIP), Boston College has once again had a successful outcome in terms of the awards, compared with other schools on a national scale. During the 2012 summer and fall semesters, nine BC juniors and seniors studied abroad through the Gilman program.

Gilman Scholars Program logo

“We would like to acknowledge the effort of all BC students who competed,” said Christina Dimitrova Hatzipetros, assistant director for International Development in BC’s OIP.

“Out of ten candidates who submitted applications in October, seven were awarded the Gilman scholarship, which we consider a high success rate. With generous support offered through Gilman, especially for those who may otherwise not be able to afford to study abroad, it has been an incredibly successful year for BC students.”

Hatzipetros also acknowledged the work of BC’s Montserrat Coalition—an initiative under University Mission and Ministry—for assisting OIP “reach-out to eligible candidates and empowering students in the process of planning for study abroad.”

Open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students, the Gilman Scholarship Program 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.

A total of $25,500 in scholarships—with awards ranging from $2,500 to $5,000—was awarded to Boston College students in the nationwide competition.

The BC juniors selected to study abroad during the spring semester, and their respective majors and destinations, include: elementary education major SangEun Bae, (Sophia University, Japan); English major Jacqueline Delgado (NUI Maynooth, Ireland); biology major Khoi Do (PUC Rio de Janero, Brazil); theology major Grace Ko (Sogang University, South Korea); accounting major Rebehak Mark (Rhodes University, South Africa); communication major Titilopemi Oluwo (BC in Granada, Spain); English and philosophy major Robert Williams (University of Glasgow, UK).

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.

For example, last month Gilman scholar Jennifer Shin—a BC senior who studied abroad last year at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan—made a presentation at the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA) meeting of study-abroad professionals, financial aid advisors, program providers, and practitioners in the field.

“Jennifer’s success in winning three national scholarships, including Gilman, to study at Waseda University was applauded as an exceptional example of academic achievement,” said  Hatzipetros, who added that the students’ post study-abroad projects contribute in a significant way to the campus community.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarships, visit

Rosanne Pellegrini, BC Office of News & Public Affairs,