Students abroad in 2017 add to growing list of College’s Gilman Scholars

Seven SUNY New Paltz students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad, a highly competitive, federally funded prize awarded by the Institute of International Education to undergraduates for academic studies and internships abroad.

These students received as much as $5,000 to support their international academic experiences during summer 2017, fall 2017 and academic year 2017-18:

  • Mirza Ahmed ’18 (English), who will study in Germany
  • Afi Akakpo ’19 (Digital Media Production), who will study in Ghana
  • Taylor Mazza ’17 (Philosophy), who will study in France
  • Arjeta Prenaj ’17 (International Relations), who studied in China
  • Shayanna Roman ’18 (Communication Studies), who studied in Australia
  • Kathy Lopez Romero ’19 (Early Childhood & Childhood Education), who will study in Spain
  • Emily Stewart ’17 (Mechanical Engineering), who will study in the United Kingdom

With these newest Gilman recipients, the College’s Center for International Programs extends an impressive record of helping New Paltz students fund their study abroad dreams. Since 2010, the College has helped students secure about $300,000 in Gilman Scholarships.

“Receiving a Gilman Scholarship makes study abroad a reality for students who may not be able to afford the experience otherwise,” said Christian Wilwohl, study abroad program director.

Students who want to learn more about study abroad, including about available scholarships, are encouraged to contact the Center for International Programs online.

Apply by Oct. 1 for international opportunities during the winter intercession or spring 2018 terms.