GRINNELL, IA—Four Grinnell College students have received federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support study abroad during the 2012-2013 school year.
The Gilman Scholarship is a federal grant program that "provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide." The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The four Grinnell students and their programs are:
- Laura Huerta, a third year sociology major with a concentration in American studies, is from Los Angeles, Calif., and will study in Denmark. She volunteers at a local animal shelter, has worked as a multicultural resource intern on Grinnell's campus, and is a Posse scholar. She hopes to either receive her master's in social work or start her own organization to help the youth and gang members of South Central Los Angeles.
- Anika Manzoor, a gender, women's and sexuality studies major with a concentration in global development studies, from Bethesda, Md., will study in Costa Rica for the fall semester of her senior year. At Grinnell she is a student advisor and Posse Scholar. In Maryland she leads School Girls Unite, a nonprofit organization that engages young people in activism regarding global issues that affect girls.
- Jenny Mith, a rising junior and Philosophy major from Los Angeles, Calif., will study in the Grinnell-in-London program. At Grinnell, she is a part of the student educational policy committee for the philosophy department, a Mellon Mays Fellow, and a Posse Scholar.
- Sara Sanders, a political science major from Lincoln, Neb., will study in France. She is entering her third year and is the head librarian of Grinnell College's KDIC 88.5 radio station.
Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.