Four students awarded William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship
| By Molly Robey
Four Loyola students have been awarded the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai.
The four recipients, Isaiah Diaz ’20, Ryan Lotocki, ’20, Christopher Carangelo, ’20, and Giovanni Borrometi, ’20, will be studying in Dubai during the fall 2018 semester. This scholarship will allow the selected students to study, travel, and learn about Middle Eastern culture. The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship was created by President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Presidential Foundation to provide American students an opportunity to study in Arab regions and experience diversity.
Carangelo, a mechanical and materials engineering major from West Harford, Conn., is excited to learn more about Dubai’s architecture and take full advantage of potential internship opportunities.
“I have also been very interested in the city of Dubai itself since it has set so many world records with its unique architecture, and manmade islands. While in Dubai I hope to explore the city to its fullest and learn more about the culture,” said Carangelo.
Carangelo is also active on Loyola’s campus, serving as a member of the Loyola Greysounds and University Innovation Fellowship program.
Lotocki, a global studies major with a certificate in Middle Eastern studies from Buffalo, N.Y., is also looking forward to learning more about Middle Eastern culture during his time abroad. He plans on studying abroad for the 2018 school year, spending the fall semester in Dubai and the spring in Budapest. Lotocki is an active volunteer and intern for Soccer Without Borders on Loyola’s Evergreen campus.
Lotocki hopes his time abroad will prepare him for his future career.
“I aspire to become a military chaplain, and better understanding people, cultures, and adapting to different situations is an integral part of preparing for such a career.”
Diaz, a finance major with a Spanish minor from White Plains, N.Y., is excited to take advantage of the experience.
“I wanted to study abroad in Dubai because of how unique the opportunity sounded. Dubai is a young, but booming metropolis with a culture that I have never been exposed to,” Diaz said.
Diaz is an intramural supervisor for the Fitness & Aquatic Center and participated in the Black Student Association Fashion Show last year. He hopes to build professional relationships while studying in Dubai.
Borrometi, a double major in finance and international business from Brooklyn, N.Y., is ready to immerse himself in the Middle Eastern culture. Borrometi has studied Arabic for two years and is hoping to strengthen his language skills while in Dubai.
His goals abroad include maintaining a high GPA, joining a sports team to meet new people, and traveling.
“I would like to do as much traveling as possible, so I can experience the different cultures and lifestyles around the Middle East. I feel this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Borrometi.
About the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship:
The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with the American University in Dubai, the program will provide American students based in the United States the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world.