Jasmine Palacios, a Carroll student double-majoring in nursing and Spanish, has been chosen as one of nearly 1,000 American undergraduate students nationwide to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The grant program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing experiences in diverse cultures and languages.
Palacios will study for a semester in Granada, Spain. “I am grateful for this scholarship, which is making my dream of studying abroad come true. I can’t wait to call Granada my home,” she said.
“I plan on finishing my Spanish major as I gain experience in the health field in Spain. I will be participating in an internship at a local hospital, shadowing doctors and nurses. Being able to be a part of an internship will benefit me as a future nurse, and I will be able to immerse myself in the culture and become more fluent in Spanish,” she said.
“Thanks to this experience, I will be able to become a confident bilingual nurse who will be able to set language barriers aside to care for Spanish-speaking patients.”
Gilman Scholarship applicants are reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Academic preparedness and impact on student’s academic and career trajectory.
- Diversity of background and experience.
- Choice of program and destination.
- Impact to community.
- Critical need language award.
Since 2001, the Gilman scholarship has enabled more than 25,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.