Ana Guerrero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who at age 53 proudly proclaims herself a role model for her three children, is one of five City College of New York students headed to Africa and Europe on Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. The competitive national award provides support for overseas travel and research.
Guerrero and two other City College undergraduates, Doris Monsac and Lamia Khan, travel to Spain this month for four weeks. DeAndre Eccles and Zoltan Lucas Zoltan, CCNY’s other Gilman Scholars this summer, will do their research in the Netherlands and South Africa, respectively.
Guerrero is a romance language senior with a 3.95 GPA and a full time employee at The CUNY School of Medicine as a course/clinical coordinator.
Her concentration is Spanish and she will spend a month at Universidad de La Rioja in Logroño immersed in the literature. “It will help me acquire a general knowledge of the Spanish literary panorama as well as history,” said Guerrero, who will earn college credits for her work.
The Gilman further burnishes the role model status Guerrero’s embraced for her three-school sons. Her first born, Matthew, 21, is a member of CCNY’s Class of 2018. He graduated with a degree in computer engineering, with a 3.96 GPA. Her other sons are in high school and middle school.
“I am glad to be a role model for them, a 53-year-old woman who follows her dreams and continues to pursue education thanks to the Gilman Scholarship,” proclaimed the Bronx resident.
Dutch-bound DeAndre Eccles is a senior Pre-PA student majoring in biology senior who will take two courses at Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit.
“Both are on the topic of mental health and global health which are passions of mine and fields that I am hoping to pursue in medicine,” said Eccles. “This is one step that I am taking on my goal to be a part of the movement to destigmatize mental illness and the need for mental health care across the globe.”
She will receive credits for the courses that will help fulfill requirements for physician assistant school and a required psychology course at CCNY.
Eccles is a Jamaican immigrant and has lived in the Bronx since arriving in the United States 11 years ago.
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