Brookdale students Gina Diener and Edgar Eslava have punched their ticket to a rewarding spring semester, becoming two of only 800 undergraduates nationwide to win the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Award.
The scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides money for students seeking to expand their horizons with a semester abroad.
Eslava, who is currently working toward a degree in science, will use the award to study intensive Japanese at the KCP Language School in Tokyo, Japan this spring. Diener, a human science student, will be studying at at Lorenzo De’ Medici in Tuscania, Italy.
“There is a feeling of unbelief that I am a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Diener, after accepting the award on Dec. 18. “I am profoundly grateful that there is a scholarship available to students who want to experience a global perspective in education, as well as in life.”
Since 2007, nearly two dozen Brookdale students have won the Gilman International Scholarship Award, according to International Education Center Director Janice Thomas.
This spring Diener and Eslava will join five other Brookdale students studying abroad in countries such as Peru, Costa Rica and Australia.
To learn how you can study abroad and expand your horizons as a Brookdale student, call the International Education Center at 732-224-2799 or visit their webpage.