5 earn Gilman scholarships

5 earn Gilman scholarships

Five University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have earned Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, which will allow them to study abroad during the spring 2017 semester.

The Gilman scholarship is a nationally competitive award given three times a year by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to undergraduate students seeking to study or intern abroad. This round of scholarships was awarded to 850 students from 359 universities and colleges.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their 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.

The following is a list by hometown of the university's spring 2017 Gilman scholars with their year in school, academic major(s), study location and parent(s).

  • Chadron: Brittany Kouba, senior, global studies and business administration, Europe, daughter of Kurt Kouba and Lori and Verlin Retzlaff

  • Lincoln: Victoria Villota, sophomore, global studies and economics, Coimbra, Portugal, daughter of Ana Roca

  • North Platte: Bryanna Schade, junior, global studies, Buenos Aires, Argentina, daughter of Sandy Schade

  • Omaha: Derek Juracek, junior, global studies and geography, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, son of Kurt and Lynne Juracek

  • Pilot Mound, Iowa: Madison Diggs, senior, interior design, United Kingdom, daughter of Mike and Lisa Diggs