NEW YORK, NY- May 12, 2016 – Baruch College students Catarina Bernardes ‘18,Terecea Green ‘17, Annie Kong ‘18, and Lubna Rahmani ‘17 are among the more than 1,150 American undergraduate students from 377 college 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 to study or intern abroad during the summer 2016 academic term.
All four Gilman recipients will be using their scholarships, respectively, to study at Summer Seminar in Accra, Ghana; Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología in San Jose, Costa Rica; Yonsei University Summer School in Seoul, South Korea; and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. They will receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study program costs.
The Gilman International Scholarship was named after former Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee. The program aims to diversify the pool of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.
“Having been awarded the Gilman is exceedingly honorary,” said Catarina Bernardes, who is majoring in Creative Writing and Global Literature. “I am beyond grateful and blessed to have been granted this opportunity. It both motivates and inspires me to continue travelling and learning about various cultures to broaden my perspective on life and humanity.”
For Brooklyn-born Lubna Rahmani, the opportunity to travel abroad and have exposure to other cultures will provide a glimpse at the future she hopes to build for herself as a leader. “As a future law student, lawyer, and hopefully a judge or a diplomat for the United States, I constantly try my best to utilize my four years with Macaulay Honors College and Baruch College as preparation time for the work ahead of me in my future career. This means reading textbooks thoroughly, keeping an open mind, adjusting to new environments, and obtaining an international experience before graduating college.”
Rahmani continues, “Therefore, by studying abroad this summer, I hope to become a more outgoing and culturally intelligent prospective law student and career woman. By using the knowledge and living experiences I gain from being in Japan, I would like to encourage the younger students in my neighborhood to try harder and work smarter in school, because only then can their dreams become a reality, as the Gilman Scholarship has made mine a reality today.”
Terecea Green thoroughly researched study abroad opportunities before discovering the six-week program to study in Costa Rica, which promises to be an exciting experience for the Communications major. “One of my main purpose in going to Costa Rica is to become more proficient in Spanish. It has always been one of my favorite classes and I have been learning it even before attending Baruch. The number of Spanish speakers in the U.S. is projected to rise more each year and I believe it is a vital language to understand and will be beneficial for my career in communications.”
“Funding from the Gilman International Scholarship Program will enable these Baruch students to realize their goals to experience life in another cultures, “ said Valeria Hymas, Deputy Director of National and Prestigious Fellowships Advising at Baruch College. “They will gain invaluable life and career skills that will help them to pull from a deeper and richer pool of knowledge as they tackle the future challenges that they set for themselves. Their successes in the Gilman Scholarship competition is a testament to the hardworking nature, intellectual curiosity, and determination of Baruch’s students. They will come back to Baruch College filled with stories that will inspire others to follow in their paths and study abroad.”
Students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Office website or visit the office at 137 E. 25th Street (next to the Library Building), 8th floor.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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