Students Receive Prestigious National Study Abroad Scholarships

The Study Abroad Office congratulates eleven NC State students who have been awarded the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Additionally, Evan Gearino and Tara Di Cassio ‘14 are recipients of the prestigious Boren Awards sponsored by the National Security Education Program to fund their studies in Amman, Jordan for the 2014-15 academic year. Gilman_Boren14 Front Row / Left to Right: Viana Romero, Ayana Mclemore, Luisa Rodriguez, Araca Wadsworth, Leatha Pettress
Back Row / Left to Right: Colton Bradley, Qing Zhou, Evan Gearino
Not pictured: Tara Di Cassio, Gibea Besana, Cody Murphy, Alzebeth Roman, and Tsharre Sanders

In addition to scholarships like the Gilman and Boren, the Study Abroad Office, with support from other campus units and donors, provided more than $220,000 in scholarships to study abroad students in 2013-14.

The following Gilman Scholars collectively received $35,000 towards studying abroad for NC State summer 2014 programs.

The Gilman Scholars program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Students receiving a federal Pell Grant who will be studying or interning abroad for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.  Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.  It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.” 

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.

Evan Gearino, an honors student from Wake County studying economics and international studies, will spend the year studying at the University of Jordan. “I will bring to Jordan an enthusiasm to learn Arabic and immerse myself in the culture,” Evan said. “Through this, I hope to foster a great working relationship with my professors, friendships with my language partners, and a better worldview; all serving to create a positive image of NCSU abroad.” Tara Di Cassio ‘14, international studies major from Cumberland County, will be studying Arabic and completing graduate research on how current events are portrayed in the media in Jordan. Her Boren Fellowship will be applied towards a graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.