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
Scholars study & intern abroad
Biology major Kevin Buena '15 will take theology,
philosophy, and literature classes at Victoria University of Wellington in New
Clifford Alonzo '16, who is majoring in accounting
and minoring 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.