Five Medgar Students Win Study Abroad Funds

Medgar Evers College (MEC) announces that Amoy Fraser, Petrilia Fisher, and Lakiesha Crochran – Biology, Psychology and Social Work majors, respectively – are among the over 1,100 American undergraduate students from 358 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Amoy, Petrilia and Lakiesha will receive up to $5,000 each to apply towards their study abroad programs costs.  During their international studies, these Gilman Scholars have the opportunity to experience other cultures, countries, languages and standards of living as they continue to pursue their undergraduate degrees. Naomi Gomez and Audrey Jane Morgan will join the Gilman Scholars in international travel and study as recipients of the competitive Study/Travel Opportunities for CUNY Students Scholarship, each awarded $1,000.

Amoy will spend Summer 2014 in Windhoek, Namibia where she will attend Polytechnic of Namibia.  Petrilia and Audrey Jane will participate in Teach and Learn – a new MEC Service Learning Program – in Amacho Wato, Ethiopia.  In partnership with the Mothers to Mothers, the students will experience the art of pottery making and Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, and communicate what is learned in both Amharic and English.  Lakiesha and Naomi will explore language and culture in Paris, France and Italy respectively.

Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients.

For more please contact Deborah Stengle, Director of the MEC Study Abroad program at or (718) 270-5136.

About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit