Fifteen Loyola students win Gilman scholarships to study abroad – Newsroom



| By Jessica Goldstein

Fifteen Loyola University of Maryland students were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the 2021-22 academic year, a record for the University.

“Loyola University of Maryland is proud of our 15 Gilman Fellowship recipients, all of whom are highly gifted and dedicated students,” said Terre Ryan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Writing and Director of National Fellowships at Loyola. , which provides mentoring for the Gilman Fellowship. candidates. “Recipients are well deserving of this extraordinary opportunity to study abroad, gain perspectives from diverse cultures, and grow as Ignatian citizens ready to serve in this ever-changing world.”

Gilman Fellows include:

  • Esther Agyeman Badu, ’23, interdisciplinary major in information systems and data analytics; destination: Auckland, New Zealand, in fall 2022
  • Avinash “Avi” Ali, 23, majoring in finance with a minor in political science; destination: Paris, France, in May 2022
  • Louis Cuoco, ’24, double major in business economics and finance with a minor in Spanish; destination: Alcalá de Henares, Spain, in fall 2022
  • Dulce Diaz-Alvarenga, ’23, major in history with a minor in Latin American and Latin American studies
  • Sophie Ernst, ’24, major in forensic studies; destination: Thailand in fall 2022
  • Olivia Howley, 24, a major in global studies with minors in Asian studies and Chinese; destination: Singapore in fall 2022
  • Hajrah Jalil, 23, majoring in political science with a minor in environmental and sustainability studies; destination: Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in spring 2022
  • Nevaeh Lopez, 24, majoring in Global Studies with minors in Asian Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies; destination: Hirakata, Japan, for the 2022-23 academic year
  • Meredith Lyttle, 24, a speech and hearing science major; destination: Copenhagen, Denmark, in fall 2022
  • Jack McCormick, ’23, a theology major with a business minor; destination: Amsterdam, Netherlands, in spring 2022
  • Jenna Miller, ’23, majoring in writing with a minor in acting
  • Ifeoluwa (Ifey) Olukemi, ’23, interdisciplinary major in philosophy and psychology; destination: South Africa in the fall of 2022
  • Julia D. Smith, 24, a major in speech and hearing sciences with a minor in special education; destination: Cork, Ireland, in spring 2023
  • Greer Soles, ’23, majoring in business administration with a major in marketing
  • April Varela, ’24, international business major; destination: Madrid, Spain, in spring 2023

Each of Loyola’s students has expressed a desire to live and study abroad to immerse themselves in different cultures, study other languages, and gain valuable skills and experience that will benefit their future careers.

“During my time abroad, I look forward to exploring Denmark and traveling to other parts of Europe that I have always wanted to see,” Lyttle said. “One of my goals abroad is to have as many experiences as possible.”

“Studying abroad and teaching in Amsterdam during the spring semester will broaden my understanding of the world and allow me to interact with others with a whole new mindset,” McCormick said.

“This experience will teach me a lot about myself and how I can be a better person in the world. I look forward to immersing myself in Spanish culture and gaining a new perspective of the world,” Soles said.

These 15 scholars add to the growing number of Loyola students who have received the award in previous years.

About the Gilman Scholarship:
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship eases the financial burden on outstanding U.S. undergraduate students studying or interning abroad. The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, Texas.


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