Eleven Baruch College Students Win Gilman International Scholarships
September 9, 2021
Baruch College had 11 undergraduates among 1,500 students from across the nation who were awarded Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the fall 2021 application period.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s, the program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity.
This semester’s high number of Baruch awardees is a testament of the academic success, intellectual curiosity, and professional ambitions of the selected students, said Valeria Hymas, Deputy Director of the College’s Office of National and Prestigious Fellowships Advising.
“Thirteen Baruch students completed applications for the Gilman Scholarship, and 11 received awards—an almost unimaginable success rate of 85 percent!” explained Hymas.
Among the Baruch’s Gilman scholars, 10 are studying at the Zicklin School of Business and one is part of the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program.
The Fall 2021 Gilman Scholars are:
- Aaron Chee (’22), marketing management
- Frieda Cohen (’22), finance
- Nishat Farhana (’22), computer information science
- Faraz Hameed (’22), CUNY BA, Asian and American studies/Japanese language and culture
- Ashley Mendez Castro (’22), international business
- Sydney Sarway (’22), marketing management
- Nicole Tarasiuk (’22), international business
- Lisa Wu (’22), entrepreneurship
- Sandy Xia (’22), marketing management
- Jennifer Xue (’22), international business
- Amy Zheng (’23), marketing management
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The City University of New York (CUNY) has suspended all study abroad programming at this time. However, the Gilman Program is committed to offering flexibility by deferring students’ programs to the spring or by supporting participation in a virtual study abroad program.
Despite these circumstances, some students remain hopeful that CUNY study abroad policies will change and this scholarship can be applied in an upcoming semester.
“There were times I felt disappointed that I may not be able to study abroad before I graduate and miss out on that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Wu said. “However, I want to stay hopeful that it will be possible and have the opportunity to experience studying in Beijing.
“I am extremely grateful to be selected for the scholarship and for all the support that Baruch College’s Study Abroad Office gave me, as well as the guidance and support from Dr. Richard Mitten, who is the Director of Study Abroad at Baruch College.”
Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000, or up to $8,000 if also a recipient of a Gilman Critical Need Language Award, to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs.
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