Public Health Student Ramilkia Santiago Receives Gilman Scholarship

December 31, 2012

Ramilkia Santiago, a Public Health Sciences major, received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for fall semester 2012. The $3,000 scholarship has allowed Santiago to study abroad in Granada, Spain.

“The great culture, food and people in Granada have had a significant impact on me,” says Santiago. “One of the quotes that best sums up this whole experience is by Miriam Beard: ‘Traveling is more than the seeing in sights; it is the change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.’”

Since 2001 the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has given funding for academic study abroad to undergraduates in financial need. By increasing international study opportunities, the program is intended to prepare U.S. students for significant roles in the global economy. Recipients can use the scholarship towards the costs of tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. The Gilman program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

In 2012 a total of 2,685 undergraduates from around the country applied for the Gilman program, and nearly 1,200 scholarships were awarded, a selection rate of about 42 percent. Fifteen Umass Amherst students received Gilman awards in 2012, placing the school fourth in the U.S. behind the University of California-Berkeley, San Francisco State, and University of California-Santa Barbara. The UMass Amherst students submitted their applications with the guidance of the campus’s international programs staff and financial aid services.

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