Taking the World by Storm: One Gilman Scholar at a Time


Gilman Scholarship LogoSyracuse University students are global ambassadors who learn in classrooms around the world. The Gilman Scholarship can provide opportunities for students to gain valuable international classroom and learning experience. The Gilman Campus representative Mary Fedorko explains, “The Gilman scholarship program is by far the largest single study abroad scholarship opportunity in the country. Scores of SU students have won substantial funding through Gilman and have benefited from the opportunity to travel internationally and develop into global citizens through coursework, internships, community engagement, language study, and cultural immersion. Being the recipient of a national scholarship is also a resume-builder and can serve as a springboard to winning other scholarships, such as Fulbright.”


Michelle KincaidMichelle Kincaid is one of the 2016-2017 Gilman Scholarship recipients who will be taking the opportunity to study at the SU Santiago, Chile program. While abroad, she will also be participating in a month-long immersion program in Cuenca, Ecuador before she enrolls in courses in Santiago. As an international relations major, Michelle is planning to work on her Honors Capstone project on a topic related to the political economy of Chile. She hopes that studying abroad will make her a more focused student with stronger Spanish speaking and writing skills: “I believe a better understanding of the Spanish language will help with my research and my ability to speak to professionals in Latin America. I’m looking forward to learning as much as possible while abroad.” When applying for the Gilman Scholarship, Michelle reviewed the CFSA writing tips to help her with the process.

Jomarie Mosquea

Jomarie Mosquea is another of the 2016-2017 Gilman Scholarship recipients from SU. She is currently studying Information Management and Technology in London. Jo says, “As a student studying abroad I will get a different perspective of the world and my future career. I expects the life skills I learns, like budgeting, will be extremely useful personally and professionally.” Jo’s application process started with a simple first draft before she went to one of the CFSA Gilman Scholarship Writing Workshops to come up with an organized plan. CFSA helped her polish her draft and articulate her articulate her ideas.


The full list of Syracuse Gillman Scholarships recipients and their study abroad location include:

Ashia Aubourg (Florence)

Shafin Zamen (Hong Kong)

Kaitlynn Chopra (Morocco)

Estephany Hinojosa (South Africa)

Jomarie Mosquea (London)

Michelle Kincaid (Chile)

Sarah Hewitt (Chile)

Jamila Perkins (Australia)

Deema Alsalih (Czech Republic)

William De la Vera (Chile)