Gilman Scholar Jennifer Young is spending her summer semester abroad in Spain. Young is one of six UTEP students part of the 2019 Gilman Scholarship Program. | Photo courtesy UTEP
A group of UTEP undergraduate students have been given greater access to study abroad opportunities for the Summer and Fall 2019 semesters through the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.
UTEP students are receiving support for their semesters abroad in Spain, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. Three students are participating in the summer program, and three others will participate in the fall.
“Students enter UTEP with many talents, skills and abilities, further developing their assets by engaging in experiences such as study abroad that equip students with a competitive edge in the workforce or in graduate school,” said Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Catie McCorry-Andalis, Ed.D.
“The Gilman Scholarship not only recognizes our students’ tremendous strengths, but also is instrumental in their ability to access international experiences that heighten knowledge, increase confidence and enhance professional skills. We are immensely proud of UTEP’s Gilman Scholars who demonstrate that the boundaries of education are not limited to the UTEP campus and can be found worldwide.”
The summer interns are painting major Eber Sanchez, who is studying in Italy; and linguistics major Jennifer Young and electrical engineering major Ashley Delgado, who are studying in Spain.
The fall interns are industrial engineering major Arat Fraga, who is studying in the United Kingdom; psychology major Veronica Martinez, who is studying in Spain; and finance major Destiny Rodriguez De San Miguel, who is studying in France.
UTEP students have received a combined $20,000 in scholarships. This year has seen the greatest participation of Gilman Scholars at UTEP since 2016.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university.
According to the Gilman Scholarship Program data from 2017-18, 47% of the program’s participants are first-generation college students, 24% are Hispanic and 18% attend a minority-serving institution.