Skip to main content

Five Loyola students win Gilman Scholarships from U.S. Department of State

Headshots of the Gilman Scholars

Five Loyola University Maryland students were awarded scholarships from the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This highly competitive scholarship helps American students offset the costs of studying or interning abroad.

  • Kacy Espitia, ’26, is a sociology and writing interdisciplinary major interested in a career in social work serving immigrant families. From Harrison, New York, Espitia plans to study in New Zealand this fall.
  • Adam Guerrero, ’25, a marketing and math double major, is studying in the Czech Republic this summer. Guerrero is from Silver Spring, Maryland.
  • Nasaun Harrison, ’26, is a writing major with plans to study law after Loyola. Born and raised in Baltimore, Harrison is studying in Taiwan this summer.
  • Kaily Iglesias, ’25, is a forensic studies and psychology double major interested in a career in criminal justice. From Springfield, New Jersey, Iglesias studied in Italy this spring.
  • Kayne Weir, ’26, is a philosophy major interested in practicing law with a focus on juvenile and immigration justice. From New Orleans, Weir plans to study in Spain this fall.

“Our Gilman Scholars are terrific people, and it’s an honor that the Gilman Program recognized their leadership potential,” said Terre Ryan, Loyola’s director of national fellowships. “Loyola works to ‘inspire students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world.’ By studying abroad and learning about other countries and cultures, our Gilman Scholars will grow in ways they never imagined, and they’ll take that learning forward into their futures.”

The mission of the Gilman Program is to develop a generation of future leaders who represent the rich diversity of the U.S. and have the international networks and skills to advance national security and economic prosperity.