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Brianna Banerjee, ’17, wins Gilman Scholarship for study abroad in Denmark

| By Stephanie Weaver
Brianna Banerjee, '16

Loyola University Maryland student Brianna Banerjee, ’17, was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the fall semester of her study abroad in Denmark.

Banerjee, a biology major and theology minor from Bel Air, Md., will participate in a medical practice and policy program in Denmark. The program also includes a tour of Poland and Germany.

“I’m excited about the medical practice program I’ll be doing, as well as seeing what Danish culture is like to gain a new perspective. Copenhagen is said to be the happiest city on Earth, and I’m ready to find out why,” Banerjee said.

Although Banerjee has traveled abroad with her family to India and various countries in Europe, this will be her first time studying outside the United States. Aside from exploring and studying, she’s hoping to use her time abroad to choose between physician assistant school or medical school.

At Loyola, Banerjee is an Evergreen, works for the office of student support and wellness promotion, and co-leads the worship team at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on campus. She is a member of the Honors Program, Tri-Beta biology honors society and pre-health society. After graduation and professional school, Banerjee plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.

Banerjee is the fourth Loyola student to win a Gilman Scholarship since 2013.

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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