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