Five UIC Students Win Gilman Study Abroad Awards

Five University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduates have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman scholarships for study abroad opportunities.

The UIC students are among more than 900 undergraduates awarded Gilman scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad program costs during the 2012 spring semester.

Since 2006, UIC students have received 54 Gilman scholarships totaling about $224,500. Eligible students are those who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. The program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they travel.

The UIC recipients are:

Grant Buhr, senior Honors College sociology major from Chicago, studying in Quito, Ecuador

Monica Fetherston, junior Spanish and political science major from McHenry, Ill., studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alexander Guevara, junior criminology, law and justice major from Chicago, studying in Rabat, Morocco

Gilbert Moran, junior economics major from Elmwood Park, Ill., studying in Madrid, Spain

Cesar Rocha, junior accounting major from Chicago, studying in Bilbao, Spain

The scholarship program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is administered by the Institute of International Education’s Southern Regional Center in Houston. It honors former U.S. Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, who chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee.

UIC ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 27,000 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world. More information about UIC.

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