LAS Undergraduates Awarded Gilman Scholarships

Three LAS undergraduates were selected for Gilman Scholarships to support study abroad this summer:

Monica Sharma, a junior majoring in biological sciences, will spend this summer studying in New Delhi, India. Sharma is also a member of the Honors College and GPPA Medicine.

Fabiola Duran, a sophomore majoring in anthropology, will take her studies to Moquegua, Peru this summer.

Karina Hurtado, a sophomore majoring in English, will study in Siena, Italy.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department to diversify the group of students who study abroad and their destinations.

UIC students are among more than 700 undergraduates awarded Gilman scholarships. To be eligible for the award, students must demonstrate financial need by receiving a federal Pell Grant for their studies.

Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study-abroad program costs. Since 2006, UIC students have received 80 Gilman scholarships totaling approximately $325,000.

The program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is administered by the Institute of International Education’s Southern Regional Center in Houston. The program honors former U.S. Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, a former chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee.