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Posted on June 2, 2014 by Dawn Zimmer
MESA, Ariz. -- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships are making it possible for Angelica Deliz and Xiomara Millay to participate in Mesa Community College’s (MCC) study abroad trip to Spain this summer.
A future marine biologist, MCC student Angelica Deliz looks forward to the breadth of experiences including new living arrangements. She said living with a host family is of interest to her because her secondary major at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) will be psychology with a focus in socialization.
“This will provide an in-depth cultural immersion of the native language being spoken, traditional cuisine, and the not-so-common benefits of the cultural family dynamic,” Deliz said. Deliz will experience 3 abroad educational adventures this summer.
For Xiomara Millay, a South Mountain Community College (SMCC) student, the trip will allow him to do field research in local politics in Spain.
“As a future legislator, I want to be educated in different political systems universally, so that I can be politically well equipped in the decision-making process,” Millay said.
Gilman scholars each receive up to $5,000 to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies -- making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector – by studying abroad.
Mesa Community College faculty will lead abroad studies in Andalucia, Spain. More than 29 students, including the 2 Gilman Scholars will experience learning at one of Europe’s oldest universities, the Centro de Lenguas Modernas. Educational tracks include Religion in the Hispanic World, Spanish Language, Art & Architecture, and Culture & Civilization.
Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also 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 scholarship program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and country of study, is available on their website: www.iie.org/gilman. According to Allan Goodman, President and CEO of IIE, “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace.”
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The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. In an effort to reflect the diversity of the United States and global society, ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit http://eca.state.gov.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute is the world’s most experienced global higher education and professional exchange organization. IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide working with more than 1,200 member institutions and over 6,000 individuals with a commitment to the internationalization of their institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships administered for the U.S. Department of State. The Institute is a resource for educators and institutions worldwide (http://www.iie.org), publishing the Open Doors Report and operating www.IIEPassport.org and www.studyabroadfunding.org search engines for study abroad program and study abroad scholarships. For more information, please contact Lindsay Calvert, Director, Gilman International Scholarship, at 832-369-3481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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