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Tompkins Cortland Students Win Study Abroad Scholarships

January 13, 2016

Gilman Scholarship Winners Olu Roberts, Mame Ndiaye, and Stacey Green
Gilman Scholarship winners Olu Roberts, Mame Ndiaye, and Stacey Green

Five Tompkins Cortland Community College students have won scholarships to support study abroad opportunities. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, were awarded to Karen Betts, Stacey Green, Mame Ndiaye, Christen Parker, and Olu Roberts. The funds supported study abroad trips in January 2016.

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. citizen undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

The scholarship winners took trips that were led by Tompkins Cortland faculty members. Betts traveled to Ireland as part of the literature and history trip, learning about the country while visiting the inspirations for some of its greatest literature. Green and Parker took part in the College’s health and anthropology trip to Nicaragua, providing health care services to remote communities while earning a deeper understanding of the reality of helping people in a resource constrained setting. Ndiaye and Roberts visited Cambodia, studying anthropology and transformative travel writing while tasting traditional foods and interacting with local people.

In each case, students took classes at the College during the fall semester and then traveled over the winter break. In addition to these trips, Tompkins Cortland also offers trips to Spain, Colombia, and Italy that run in May, with pre-trip courses during the spring semester.

For more information about these opportunities, plus the more than 30 trips available through an agreement with SUNY Cortland, visit the study abroad webpage.

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