St. Paul, Minn. – Carmen Bustamante, from Chicago, Ill., Malik Earle from Concord, N.C. ’18, Celia Heudebourg from Villennes-sur-Seine, France, and Diana Luc from Honolulu, Hawaii, all rising juniors, have received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad this fall in Chile, Nepal, Morocco, and the United Kingdom respectively.
They represent four of over 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the country who received this award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.
Bustamante said the Gilman will give her a more nuanced perspective on global public health. “I will be in Arica, Chile, where I will be learning about how the indigenous populations there practice health care,” she said. “Specifically, I’ll be traveling north to learn about the Aymara people and south to learn about the Mapuche people.” Once she graduates, Bustamante wants to work with underrepresented communities and help them access health care.
Earle, who will be studying Tibetan in Kathmandu, Nepal, sees the Gilman as an opportunity to be able to travel and study internationally. “I’ll be attending classes in the Himalayas with local faculty about religious change, the socio-political history of Nepal, the Tibetan exile community, and a course on Environmental Studies, focusing on Nepal and the Himalayas,” said Earle. “I’ll also be conducting an independent study project in Nepal with Wenesday Berman ‘18 concerning traditional and new medicine in the Himalayas.” Earle hopes to attend graduate school once he graduates.
Heudebourg’s program is based in Rabat, Morocco, and focuses on international field journalism, or as she calls it, “a sort of a boot-camp for foreign correspondents.” She’ll be studying journalism and history of the region as well as taking Arabic classes at a local university. She’s really looking forward to the second half of her trip. “I basically get to investigate a story of my choosing, travel to where it is (if not in Rabat), interview sources, and write an article,” Heudebourg said. “If the idea is good enough and the article is well written, there are opportunities, through the program, for me to place that story in global news media outlets.” She also hopes to travel throughout Morocco and will be joined by her grandfather, who was born there. After Macalester, she most likely become a journalist and specialize in international reporting.
Luc will be enrolling in the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland. “I’ll be integrated into the university life there and will be able to take classes with local residents,” said Luc. She hopes to explore the Scottish culture and learn about the United Kingdom. “Who knows? I might even ride the real Hogwarts Express.” Once she graduates, Luc wants to work in the healthcare field.
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