CUNY and CUNY Baccalaureate Win Big with the 2011 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships

December 8, 2010 | CUNY Graduate Center

Eleven CUNY students have received the highly competitive national Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for 2011, a program operated by the Institute of International Education.  The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.  This scholarship provides significant funding awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at two-year or four-year colleges or universities to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA/BS) is proud to announce that five of the recipients for 2011 are CUNY BA/BS students:

Athena Kurry (International Relations / Sustainable Development) will study in Senegal.

Rachel McCroy (Contemporary Global Issues / Social Work and Vulnerable Populations) will study in India. 

Ayodele Oti (Human Ecology / International Environmental Public Health) will study in Costa Rica.  Oti is also a Macaulay Honors College student. 

Gareth Rhodes (Political Economy / Public Policy) will study in China.

Joann Ruiz (International French Relations) will study in France.

CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA/BS) is a university-wide individualized bachelor’s degree where students work one-on-one with faculty. With an annual enrollment of 500, this degree is intended for self-directed, academically strong students who have well-formulated academic and career goals. Most are working adults, many of whom are raising families; 65% are over 25 years old; and a significant number are returning to school, often after a hiatus of anywhere from 5 to 30 years. CUNY BA/BS has one of the highest graduation rates in New York.  Since its inception in 1971, over 6,500 students have earned their degrees through this route; 50% have gone on to graduate school.