CHSS students awarded Gilman scholarships to study abroad

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Five students from the College of Health & Social Sciences (CHSS) are among nearly 1,000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the 2017–2018 academic year. SF State had the greatest number of Gilman Scholars this fall with 42 students receiving scholarships.

Social work student Ethena Caldas Galicia Diaz is participating in the Hochschule Fulda Exchange Program in Germany; Kinesiology major Grecia Gutierrez is in the CSU IP Australia program at Queensland University of Technology; Child & Adolescent Development major Nicole Harman is participating in the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Exchange Program in Norway; Sociology major Anthony Ortiz is in the CSU IP Germany: Language & Culture program at the Universitat Tubingen; and Health Education major Cynthia Rodriguez-Ortega is in the CSU IP: France: Language & Culture program at Aix-Marseille Université.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas. The Gilman scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 24,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.

The late Congressman Gilman, for whom the scholarship is named, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.