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Seven UH Students Received Gilman Scholarships in 2018

June 6, 2018

A record-breaking seven students from the University of Houston have received prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships in 2018. With majors ranging from Engineering to Architecture, these students are participating in various faculty-led, exchange, and affiliated learning abroad programs across the globe. Seven of these students accepted their awards and will be studying, conducting research, or interning abroad this summer. Over 1,200 students applied from 354 colleges and universities across the United States.

“We are proud to recognize these amazingly talented students” said Paula Myrick Short, UH System senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “The students who participate in this program have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, thereby preparing them to assume leadership roles within both the government and private sector.”

Recipients of the scholarship receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. “While we have built a strong foundation in the sciences and humanities at University of Houston, I believe students can really develop a holistic understanding of today's problems in an unfamiliar, culturally rich setting” said Fatema Shipchandler, a senior Human Nutrition and Food Science major who will be traveling to India. “UH has prepared us to build a better future for not only our city or country, but for our increasingly connected and globalized world. Education, industry, business, medicine - regardless of what field you pursue, there is always something valuable to learn from a culture outside of your own.”

The scholarship recipients from UH are:

Mayra Gomez

Mayra Gomez
Mayra is a junior journalism major who will be participating in a UH faculty-led program to the Galapagos.

Jason Lovins

Jason Lovins
Jason is a senior technology leadership and supervision and liberal studies double major who will be traveling to Cadiz, Spain for a UH Hispanic Studies faculty-led program.

Jose Molina

Jose Molina
Jose is a senior architecture major who will be participating in the UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design faculty-led Pan-African studio in Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.

Mary Olear

Mary Olear
Mary is a junior industrial engineering major who will be traveling to Costa Rica for SOL Education Abroad.

Elizabeth Pham

Elizabeth Pham
Elizabeth is a sophomore biology major who will be participating in a UH faculty-led program to the Galapagos.

Aspen Shariff Bey

Aspen Shariff-Bey
Aspen is a senior architecture major who will be participating in the UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design faculty-led Pan-African studio in Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.

Fatema Shipchandler

Fatema Shipchandler
Fatema is a senior human nutrition and food science major who will be traveling to India to participate in the Health Internship Program through Child Family Health International.


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