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The Nazareth College Center for International Education is proud to announce Katherine Cala ’14 and Candice Gage ‘14 as recipients of the highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2013 semester. Intended to offer students of limited financial means the opportunity to study abroad in non-traditional destinations, the scholarship’s competitive selection process requires that recipients not only have outstanding academic records, but that they also submit a proposal for a project relating to their international program to be completed upon their return from studying abroad.
Cala, a junior Spanish and adolescent education major, will receive a $4,000 scholarship to study in the Nazareth College Residential Program in Valencia, Spain. In collaboration with the East Rochester school system, she plans to create an ongoing webcast project while in Valencia sharing her experience with and addressing questions by high school students about study abroad programs. She will also be tutoring fellow students in English. “It is my first semester in college in 15 years,” says Cala, a non-traditional student. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity to study abroad.”
Gage, a junior anthropology major and honors program scholar with minors in biology and multicultural studies, will receive a $5,000 scholarship to study at Galen University in St. Ignacio, Belize through the College Consortium of International Studies. Upon her return she plans to present a seminar in the fall of 2013 focusing on international education with her fellow honors program scholars using her own experiences as a template for the opportunities to be had going abroad. “Being an honors scholar means more than taking a few extra required courses,” says Gage. “It is the chance to thrive in an intellectually diverse and challenging environment.”
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to encourage students to pursue non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the Gilman International Scholarship's main focus is to broaden the student population that studies abroad by supporting students who are traditionally under-represented in such programs.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.