UConn produces an all-time high of 17 Gilman Scholars

UConn has produced 17 Gilman Scholars for the March 2022 application cycle, an all-time record for the University.

The Gilman Scholarship is funded by Congress through the Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The funding supports expanding student participation in study abroad programs and encourages travel to various parts of the world, along with intensive language study and internship experiences.

“We are delighted to see our campus outreach efforts and student mentoring for the Gilman Fellowship result in this level of success,” says Valerie Jenkelunas, Experiential Global Learning (EGL) Advisor and University Liaison Specialist. community. “We had a total of 21 UConn students apply, and 17 were selected for awards between $3,000 and $5,000. This exceeds the statistical average of applicants granted at the national level”

With more than 13,000 applicants from more than 450 universities each year, the Gilman Scholarship program is a highly competitive scholarship. Approximately one in four applicants is selected to receive the scholarship.

Each Gilman Scholar must also complete a service project upon returning from study abroad in their home campus or community, with the goal of sharing the value of participating in study abroad and promoting the scholarship to prospective students. Requests are reviewed against the proposed tracking service project.

Eligibility for the Gilman Grant requires that undergraduate students be Pell Grant-eligible US citizens who plan to study abroad for academic credit, through a program approved by their home institution. Supporting students with high financial need provides access to students who are historically underrepresented in study abroad, including first-generation college students, STEM majors, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students and others who experience barriers to participation.

The following UConn students were selected as Gilman Scholars and are listed with their proposed follow-on service project:

marissa white ’25 (nur)a nursing student from Waterbury who will perform at student clubs and campus events, including Bound Day.

Grace Coburn ’23 (CLAS)a Spanish student from West Hartford, will collaborate with the Commuter Service office to educate students about the benefits of participating in a short-term program and the strategy for financing room and board while studying abroad.

Suleymar Dominguez ’23 (CLAS), a Waterbury family science and human development major who will use her role in admissions giving tours at UConn Waterbury to raise awareness of Experiential Global Learning (EGL) programs as a regional campus student. She plans to host a panel of Gilman students, host open house events, and create a presentation for human development and family science students.

Gail Boahen ’24 (CLAS), a psychology and anthropology student from Manchester, who will create a video blog for anthropology students documenting her experience of the program in Mauritius. She will also serve as the EGL Ambassador at the African American Cultural Center on campus.

Lizzette Irizarry ’23 (CLAS), a student of Latino and Latin American studies from Groton, who will write a thesis about her experience in the Collective Action for Migration and Social Justice in the Borderlands program, to be shared with Latinx groups on campus.

Madeline Cortes-Gomez ’23 (bus), a marketing management student from Norwalk, who will collaborate with EGL and the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC) on a student presentation.

Soribel Torres-Jiménez ’23 (ED), a bilingual elementary student from Waterbury, who will present on English language learners and the curriculum to pre-school students at UConn. She will also partner with a teacher to introduce bilingual education students and kindergarten students through the Jump Start organization.

Dylan Peters ’23 (bus), a finance student from Somers, NY who will use writing and video content from his experience abroad to present to First Year Experience students.

Guerlina Philogene ’24 (Bus and CLAS), a German studies and management information systems specialist from Stamford, who will create a video blog in German with English subtitles showcasing events and daily life in Germany to incorporate into EGL and German Club presentations.

Valeria Rose Chavez ’23 (CLAS), a psychological sciences major from Norwalk, who will collaborate with her former high school to introduce students to the Center for Youth Leadership, a social activism organization.

David Salazar ’25 (ACES), a Norwalk scouting business student, who will focus on introducing first-generation students through organizations and clubs on the Storrs campus.

Viaivannie Vargas-Negrón ’24 (CAHNR), a natural resources and environmental specialist from Willimantic, who will be presenting to the Pre-Vet Club, First Generation Society and PRLACC.

Jerome Jacobs ’23 (CAHNR), a public health and health promotion student from Vernon, who will create a vlog for honors students eligible for the Pell Grant.

Rose Pacik-Nelson ’23 (CLAS), a Physiology, Neurobiology, and Cognitive Sciences major from Bronx, NY, who will present to EO Smith High School students and collaborate with EGL and the Office of Financial Aid to provide comprehensive funding participation information.

Sydney Seldon ’25 (CAHNR), an environmental science student from Fort Hood, Texas, who will return to her high school and introduce students to the Advance Through Individual Determination program.

Geraldine Uribe ’23 (CLAS), a political science and urban studies major from Stamford, who will introduce students to the First Generation Society and First Generation Honor Society, as well as serving office hours to support students who wish to apply to the EGL programs at the Center for Academic Achievement.

Samantha Valle ’23 (CLAS), a political science and women’s studies student from Waterbury, who will present to her classes and plans to collaborate with EGL to promote student outreach through social media platforms.

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