Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Four Grinnell College students have received federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support study abroad during second semester 2011-2012.

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 third-year students and their programs are:

• Debbie Cifuentes Ramirez, a Spanish major from Los Angeles, Calif., will study in Argentina. At Grinnell, she is a member of the Student Organization of Latin@s, a Mellon Mays Fellow and aspiring college instructor, a member of the Spanish department’s educational policy committee, and a Posse Foundation Scholar. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Spanish or Latin American Studies following her Grinnell education.

• Zafreen Farishta, a political science major from Morton Grove, Ill., will study in France and Morocco. At Grinnell, she is involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, the student chapter of NAACP, and on the campus library’s educational policy committee. She plans to pursue a career in public health or law.

• Andrew Lange, an art and German double major from Carroll, Ia., will study public transportation and its relationship to access to green spaces in Freiburg, Germany. He is a student advisor at Grinnell and has contributed artwork to the college’s literary journal. Lange was also awarded the Adelyn Dougherty Leander Urban Issues Scholarship to study in Freiburg and plans to pursue a career in architecture.

• Nancy Repreza, a psychology and sociology double major from Miami, Fla., will study in Denmark. She is a Mellon Mays Fellow and aspiring college instructor, a student advisor in the residence halls, and a recruiting assistant in the Office of Admission. She expects to attend graduate school in psychology or sociology after graduation.

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.