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Loyola students win Gilman Scholarships for study abroad in South Africa and England

| By Stephanie Weaver
Gilman Scholarship winners
Jamie Surgent-Nahay, ’17, and Diana Lin, ’17. Photo courtesy of Loyola International Programs.

Loyola University Maryland students Diana Lin, ’17, and Jamie Surgent-Nahay, ’17, were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the spring semester of the 2015-16 academic year. The $5,000 scholarship will go toward their expenses while abroad.

Lin, an accounting major from New Jersey, will be studying in Cape Town, South Africa. Surgent-Nahay, a biology major and writing minor from New Jersey, will be studying in Newcastle, England.

This is the first study abroad experience for both students, although not their first time traveling outside the United States. Lin lived in China until she was 4, and has traveled to France for vacation.

“I am excited about everything I’m going to experience. I plan to do everything I can while I’m in South Africa,” Lin said.

As part of her program, Lin is required to do community service, and she is grateful for the opportunity to see issues related to social justice outside the United States. When Lin returns to America this summer, she will intern at Ernest & Young in New York City.

Surgent-Nahay visited her family in Scotland prior to her first year at Loyola. She’s excited to be near her family once more while in Newcastle.

“I see study abroad as a way of bringing two different cultures together. As much as I’m integrating into Newcastle’s community, the students are learning about my culture. I cannot wait to be a part of that,” Surgent-Nahay said.

While in Newcastle, Surgent-Nahay plans to visit medical schools to see if studying medicine abroad is a viable option for her.

Lin and Surgent-Nahay follow classmate Brianna Banerjee, ’17, who won a Gilman Scholarship earlier this year for study abroad in Denmark during the fall 2015 semester. Since 2013, six Loyola students have won a Gilman Scholarship. Loyola’s national fellowships office promotes the award opportunity and holds workshops on how to apply.

About the Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship eases the financial burden for exceptional U.S. undergraduate students who embark on an academic or internship abroad. More than 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 were awarded this year through the program, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, Texas.

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