January 16, 2019
The University of Houston has eight Gilman Scholars for 2019, doubling the number of recipients from FY2018. UH also saw a 150% increase in awardees for fall, spring, and early summer from FY18. The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a nationally competitive grant program that enables students of limited financial means to participate in various faculty-led, exchange, and affiliated learning abroad programs across the globe.
In an effort to increase awareness of the Gilman Scholarship as well as the competitiveness of UH applicants, Learning Abroad, in partnership with the UH Writing Center, piloted targeted scholarship and writing workshops in fall 2017; since that time, 21 UH students have been recipients of $75,500 in awards.
“I am proud that University of Houston students are continually recognized for their academic achievements compared to their peers nationally. Participation in the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program opens a world of possibilities to these talented individuals and future leaders” said Paula Myrick Short, UH System senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Recipients of the scholarship receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. “Getting the Gilman Scholarship means everything to me as it was the make or break for my learning abroad program. With this scholarship I am able to spend a semester in New Zealand studying at Victoria University while also exploring the area. I’m proud to represent the UH, Latinx, and the queer community as a Gilman Scholar!” said Sydney Gonzalez, a senior anthropology major.
The scholarship recipients from UH are:
- Abigail Joseph, a sophomore business major traveling to Spain.
- Bensen Kwan, a senior music major traveling to Germany.
- Camille Ngo, a junior liberal studies major traveling to Spain.
- Hanna Teshale, a senior exercise science major traveling to Mexico.
- Sydney Gonzalez, a senior anthropology major traveling to New Zealand.
Early Summer Scholars:
- Stephanie Huffman, a junior biology major participating in a faculty-led program to Cadiz, Spain.
- Javier Ayala, a sophomore mechanical engineering technology major participating in an internship in Japan.
- Diana Bui, a junior biology major participating in a faculty-led program to Bologna, Italy.