Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships awarded to three CSU students studying abroad
Economics, Sociology | January 19, 2016
By Anna Gerber, as appearing in SOURCE
Two of the three Colorado State University students awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship represent the College of Liberal Arts. The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify students’ international experiences, including programs, types and locations. Allyson Hannah and Danait Hailemicael will apply their scholarships, which range from $2,000 to $5,000, to education abroad experiences during the spring semester.
Liberal arts recipients
CSU junior Allyson Hannah will study abroad in Peru in the General Language and Culture program offered by International Study Abroad (ISA), a University affiliate. Hannah chose the program because it aligned well with her major, environmental sociology with a focus on international development. Through the program, she will take a mix of Spanish language and environmental development classes. In high school, Hannah joined an exchange program that allowed her to visit Monteverde, Costa Rica, which sparked her desire to study abroad in the future. One of the biggest considerations facing Hannah as she prepares to live abroad is lymphedema, a chronic swelling condition that requires her to wear a compression garment daily. Despite challenges associated with her condition, Hannah plans on taking part in every activity she can, and she hopes that other people with chronic illnesses will see that they can follow their dreams of going abroad too. With her background in international development and environmental sustainability, Hannah hopes to someday be able to help minority populations in developing countries counteract the negative effects of climate change. Hannah was also awarded the Mona Mitchell Scholarship for Students with Disabilities from the Office of International Programs, and received a $1,500 scholarship from ISA.
Danait Hailemicael, a junior economics major, will study in Rome, Italy, with CSU-affiliated Academic Programs International (API), in its International Business Studies program. Hailemicael chose Italy because she was born in Eritrea, Africa, a former Italian colony with a strong Italian influence. Hailemicael moved to Colorado when she was 2, is a first-generation college student, and has always been excited to travel the world and gain more international experience. Although she is nervous about the language barrier, Hailemicael is enrolled in an Italian language course to ease communication with locals in Italy. While studying abroad, Hailemicael will not have classes on Fridays, allowing her more freedom to travel to many of Europe’s big cities and sightsee on weekends. Despite growing up only a half hour from Denver, Hailemicael is most excited to live in a large international city and experience the diverse food and culture of Rome. Along with the Gilman scholarship, Hailemicael received $1,000 from the Office of International Programs and a $1,000 scholarship from API.