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Ana Ilisinovic, ’18, wins Gilman Scholarship for study abroad in Spain

| By Stephanie Weaver
Ana Ilisinovic, ’18

Loyola University Maryland student Ana Ilisinovic, ’18, was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Alcala de Henares, Spain for the fall 2016 semester. The $2,000 scholarship will help cover her expenses while abroad.

Originally from Cleveland, Ilisinovic is a Spanish major with a minor in secondary education. This will be her first time abroad.

I'm most excited about having the opportunity to challenge myself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically while abroad,” Ilisinovic said. “I am eager to improve my Spanish language skills and also learn about different cultures so that I can become a more open-minded and well-rounded individual.”

While abroad, Ilisinovic plans to meet her grandparents, who live in Croatia, for the first time. After Loyola, Ilisinovic hopes to teach English in Spain. Her goal is to teach Spanish at the university level.

Ilisinovic follows Diana Lin, ’17, Jamie Surgent-Nahay, ’17, Brianna Banerjee, ’17, and Briana Roberts, ’16, who won Gilman Scholarships in recent years. Loyola’s national fellowships office promotes the award opportunity and holds workshops on how to apply.

About the Gilman Scholarship:

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship eases the financial burden for exceptional U.S. undergraduate students who embark on an academic or internship abroad. More than 2,800 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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