Three Notre Dame students awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships to study abroad

Author: Erin Blasko

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Three University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad during the 2018-19 academic year.

Rising juniors Jahlecia Gregory, an AnBryce Scholar, and Stefania Pulido will participate in Notre Dame International’s Puebla program in Puebla, Mexico, this fall. Gregory is a neuroscience and behavior major with a supplemental major in Africana studies. She is from Boynton Beach, Florida. Pulido is a sociology major with supplemental majors in arts and letters pre-health and Latino studies. She is from Schaumburg, Illinois.

Rising junior Armando Sanchez, another AnBryce Scholar, will participate in NDI’s London Program this fall. Sanchez is a political science major with a minor in constitutional studies. He is from Visalia, California.

In applying for the scholarship, the students worked with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) and NDI. CUSE promotes the intellectual development of Notre Dame undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors and the pursuit of fellowships. NDI advances the University’s mission through international education, research and engagement worldwide.

Jeffrey Thibert, the Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director of CUSE, congratulated the students on the achievement and thanked NDI and Elise Rudt, CUSE’s national fellowships program coordinator and Gilman Scholarship adviser, “for the work they put into promoting this opportunity and advising the students as they prepared their application material.”

“Many Notre Dame students and alumni are well-prepared to be competitive for major fellowships to study abroad,” Thibert said, citing the Gilman, Boren, Freeman-ASIA, Critical Language and Fulbright scholarships as examples. He added, “I encourage students to find a time to meet with CUSE to engage in scholarly discernment and discuss which opportunities might be the best fit for them.”

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a division of the U.S. Department of State, the Gilman Scholarship helps American undergraduate students of limited financial means study or intern abroad with as much $5,000 in financial support for program costs plus additional money for the study of a critical language overseas.

The scholarship is named for the late congressman Benjamin Gilman from New York, who served 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, including seven years as chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee.

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Originally published by Erin Blasko at on August 08, 2018.