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USF Undergraduates Win Prestigious International Scholarships

Nick Large

Nicholas Large '14 is one of three USF undergraduates to win prestigious Gilman Scholars awards.

Three USF students have won the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the spring 2014 semester.

Scholars study & intern abroad

Kevin BuenaBiology major Kevin Buena '15 will take theology, philosophy, and literature classes at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. 

Clifford Alonzo '16, who is majoring in accounting and Clifford Alonzominoring in Japanese studies, will study Japanese language, history, and culture at Sophia University in Tokyo.

Psychology major Nicholas Large '14 will study gender, social change, and development in Vietnam. He'll complete independent research on gender and sexual minorities, focusing people whose sexual identity or practices differ from the majority of the society they live in.

The Gilman Scholars program awards grants to low-income students to defray the costs of studying and interning abroad. Fewer than one in four applicants receive grants.

First international trip

For many recipients, like USF's Nicholas Large, the program offers a first opportunity to travel internationally. "It seems surreal that I'm leaving the country. A part of me can't picture how different it's going to be," he said, before departing for Vietnam in early February. "I know what our history books say about the Vietnam War, but I can't wait to see the country for myself."

Last summer, the Gilman program awarded a grant to international studies major Lauren AbuAli '15. She spent a semester working at an ecological conservation center in Costa Rica.

Written by Monica Villavicencio »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews