UA Students Earn Gilman International Scholarships

  • June 3rd, 2021

Note: The story was updated Sept. 20, 2021, to reflect the addition of Jeneciah Starling. 

Four University of Alabama students have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in study abroad programs during the 2021-2022 academic year.

“We are so proud of Alana, Brook, Daniel and Sophia for winning the Gilman Scholarship! They all were very committed to creating competitive essays and spent a lot of time working with our advisors crafting their applications,” said Dr. Carolina Robinson, director of Education Abroad with UA’s Capstone International Center.

“Each of these students is planning to spend an extended period of time in-country, from a semester to full academic year abroad. Their dedication to learning and cultural immersion, even during a global pandemic, is awe-inspiring.”

Gilman recipients are selected by the Institute of International Education through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State. The 2021-2022 awardees are:

Sophia Grillo, a general business major from San Gabriel, California, was selected to study in South Korea.

Jeneciah Starling, a social work major from Eufaula, was selected to study in the United Kingdom

Alana Thompson, an apparel and textiles major from Florence, will take part in Semester at Sea.

Brooke Wolfe, a kinesiology major from Dallas, Texas, will take part in Semester at Sea.

Daniel Flores Zelaya, a finance major from Rockaway, New Jersey, was selected to study in Ireland.

Gilman awardees receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad program costs, giving them the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies.

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Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.