19 Huskers earn Gilman Scholarship to study abroad

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19 Huskers earn Gilman Scholarship to study abroad

Recent awards add to record year for university
Thirteen Nebraska undergraduates will study abroad during the spring 2018 semester as Gilman Scholars.  | Marcelo Plioplis, University Communication
Marcelo Plioplis | University Communication
Nineteen Nebraska undergraduates will study abroad during the summer 2018 semester as Gilman Scholars.

Nineteen University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate students have earned Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. The awards will allow the students to study abroad during the summer 2018 term.

The Gilman is a nationally competitive scholarship awarded three times a year by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The summer term scholarships were awarded to approximately 2,100 students from 386 universities and colleges.

The 2017-2018 academic year set a record for the university in the number of students receiving Gilman scholarships. This year, 33 students received scholarships. The previous record was set in 2014-2015 with 22 students earning scholarships.

The fall 2017 Gilman scholar was Cindi Izaguirre-Perez, a senior global studies major, who studied abroad in Rwanda. The spring 2018 Gilman scholars are listed here.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad or internship program costs. The program’s goal is to allow students to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

One Nebraska awardee — Ana Carmona Ponce — received an additional $3,000 as she will study a critical language while abroad.

Following is a list of the university’s newest Gilman scholars (alphabetical by last name, with year in school, major and country of study):

  • Ibrahim Alnajem, junior, biochemistry, South Korea

  • Khila Bowling, freshman, management, Spain

  • Sarha Buzi Nzobo, sophomore, pre-veterinary, Botswana

  • Ana Carmona Ponce, junior, global studies, Morocco

  • Andrea Contreras, senior, psychology, United Kingdom

  • Audra Cooksley, senior, marketing, Germany

  • Aurora Gates, sophomore, biological sciences, Spain

  • Molly Griger, freshman, marketing, South Africa

  • Gaye Gwion, junior, global studies, India

  • Christina Joseph, junior, nutrition and health science, Zambia

  • Samantha Josephson, sophomore, athletic training, Italy

  • Miranda Kuzela, junior, global studies, Kazakhstan

  • Mishala Lewis, senior, anthropology, India

  • Rachael Lux, junior, nutrition and health sciences, Zambia

  • Angela Nguyen, sophomore, psychology, South Korea

  • Alex Richardson, sophomore, computer science, Oman

  • Hayden Richardson, sophomore, political science, Morocco

  • Guilber Sorto, junior, international business and finance, United Kingdom

  • Autumn Urbigkit, senior, psychology, Austria

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