Ten students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern in global programs (abroad and virtual) in upcoming terms. An additional eight students were selected as alternates. The Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed more than 1,500 applicants and offered awards to more than 900 students.
The following UT students were offered awards (not all are pictured below):
Reem Abdulhussein of Sevierville, Tennessee, a pre-medical major who plans to study in Jordan (no photo)
Nor Alkhasali of Sevierville, Tennessee, a biochemistry major with minors in business administration and Arab studies, who plans to study in Jordan (no photo)
Rachell Corona of Watkins, Colorado, a global studies major who plans to study with Semester at Sea
Hannah Greene of Knoxville, a pre-medical psychology major who plans to study in Botswana
Taylor Martin of Maryville, Tennessee, a Hispanic studies major who plans to complete a service–learning program in Costa Rica
Kayla Neal of Jonesborough, Tennessee, an environmental and soil science major who plans to study in China
Emmanuel Quezada of Spring Hill, Tennessee, a neuroscience major who plans to study in Italy (no photo)
Jonathan Ting of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, a computer engineering major who plans to study in Japan
Jazmin Ventura of McKenzie, Tennessee, a finance major with collateral in international business, who plans to study in Spain
Zoe Ward of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a College Scholar majoring in global health policy and international relations, who plans to study in Switzerland
The following students were selected as alternates (not all are pictured below):
Samantha Adams of Knoxville, a retail and consumer sciences major who plans to study in Italy
Chloe Bridenstine of Chattanooga, a political science major who plans to study in Germany
Nick D’Allessandro of Knoxville, an advertising major who plans to study in Italy
Sydney Davidson of Lebanon, Tennessee, a marketing major who plans to study in the United Kingdom
Jacqueline Gonzalez of Memphis, a neuroscience and psychology major who plans to study in France
Alexis Marsh of Nashville, a psychology major who plans to study in Spain
Victoria Melerine of Rock Hill, South Carolina, a business analytics major who plans to study in Japan
Jacob Rabideau of McMinnville, Tennessee, an architecture major who plans to study in Poland
The congressionally funded Gilman program broadens and diversifies the US student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, more than 1,300 US institutions have sent more than 31,000 Gilman scholars to 145 countries.
“The Gilman Program aims to make study abroad and its career advantages more accessible and inclusive for American students. These diverse students gain critical skills overseas that expand their career options and ability to make an impact in their home communities,” said Heidi Manley, the chief of USA Study Abroad in the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The program particularly focuses on supporting first-generation college students, students in the STEM fields, ethnic and racial minority students, students with disabilities, students who are veterans, students attending community colleges and minority-serving institutions, and other populations underrepresented in study abroad, as well as broadening the destinations where scholars study or intern.
UT’s Programs Abroad Office offers workshops and essay advising sessions during open application cycles for the Gilman Scholarship. Interested UT students can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rachel Rui (865-974-5752, email@example.com)