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Three Loyola students receive William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study abroad

| By Molly Robey
Carolyn Al-Ghusbi, ’21, Jon Broom, ’21, and Cayla Keach, ’21
Carolyn Al-Ghusbi, ’21, Jon Broom, ’21, and Cayla Keach, ’21

Carolyn Al-Ghusbi, ’21, Jon Broom, ’21, and Cayla Keach, ’21, have each been awarded the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai to study abroad during the fall 2019 semester.

Al-Ghusbi, a writing and communication interdisciplinary major and a Gilman Scholarship recipient, is excited to engage in a new culture while studying abroad in Dubai.

“I have never studied abroad before, so I’m excited to experience a new culture,” said the Denton, Md., native, who is the president of the Middle Eastern Relief Initiative club at Loyola. “I believe it will help me in my future professional career. I hope to work in journalism with a focus on the Middle East.”

Broom, who is originally from Tyler, Texas, is a marketing major with a minor in information systems.

“I want to study abroad to expand my awareness about a culture I have never experienced before,” said Broom, who is involved with Soccer Without Borders and the Esperanza Center. “This scholarship will give me the ability to freely do so without the financial burden that comes with tuition payments.”

Keach is a psychology major with a minor in gender studies from Saint Johnsbury, Vt. She is involved with the Black Student Association, the intramural volleyball team, the Psychology Club, and the Good Stuff Initiative, which works to eliminate excess waste in the community.

“For a long time, I didn’t think I would be able to attend college let alone travel across the world,” said Keach. “It allows my dream to study abroad to become a reality.”

Naomi Githae, assistant director of international programs, said since the study abroad program in Dubai began in fall 2017, the number of students selected for the scholarship continues to rise.

“It’s an honor to continue to see Loyola students recognized for their academic achievements and selected for the Clinton Scholarship,” said Githae. “The study abroad program in Dubai is a unique experience for Loyola students because it exposes them to many world cultures in one location.”

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. This prestigious award only grants scholarships to 10 students from the United States per semester. 

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