Four members of the Stonehill Class of 2017 were recently awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for international study during the spring 2016 semester.
Ysabel Cueva, a criminology major and education studies minor, is originally from the Dominican Republic and was raised in Bronx, New York. During the spring 2016 semester she will be studying comparative education and social change in Chile and Argentina through the School for International Training (SIT). On campus, Ysabel is a resident assistant and involved in several student organizations, including DiverCity, R.I.S.E, GenOne, and the newly established M.A.T.U. (Mundos Apartes Tierras Unidas).
Brankely Garcia, an international business major, is originally from the Dominican Republic and moved to Boston at the age of 12. During the 2016 spring semester, she will be studying in Madrid through the Spanish Language, Business, and Humanities program at Antonio de Nebrija University. She is grateful to receive the Gilman scholarship and is looking forward to immersing herself in a new culture with different rules and traditions to learn from. Academically, she hopes to improve her Spanish language skills and learn more about globalization and the field of international business. On campus, Brankely is the vice-president and co-founder of M.A.T.U., Worlds Apart Lands United and is active in RISE, DiverCity, and RUCKUS. She also participated in two H.O.P.E. service immersion trips, taking her to Kentucky during her freshman year and Staten Island, New York, during her sophomore year. Brankely hopes to bring her international experience back to Stonehill to help promote study abroad opportunities through M.A.T.U. events, such as the annual Latin and Hispanic Heritage festival held during the fall semester.
Jessica Majano-Guevara, a biology major and healthcare administration minor, is from Somerville, Massachusetts. During the spring 2016 semester, she will be studying at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She is excited to travel, meet new people, and have an overall life-changing experience filled with adventures in South Africa. On campus, Jessica is a member of RUCKUS, the Desi Club, M.A.T.U., and GenOne. She was an ABS (ALANA Brothers and Sisters) leader for one year and has been part of DiverCity performances for the past two years. After graduation she plans to join the workforce and is interested in attending graduate school for public health.
Eva Weinstein, a biology major, from Rockport, Massachusetts, will be studying community health and social policy in South Africa through the School for International Training (SIT). While abroad, Eva plans on researching issues related to healthcare access and treatment for HIV positive patients. Currently, she is working on an independent research study under the direction of Professor Gregory Maniero. In addition, she works as a teacher’s assistant for cellular biology and as a fitness instructor at the Sports Complex on campus. Physical health is a passion of hers and she completed a marathon last spring, raising money for suicide prevention.
The Gilman Scholarship is a congressionally funded award sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute for International Education (IIE). The mission of the Gilman program is to “diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.” Each year, more than 2,300 awards of up to $5,000 are given out to full-time, Pell Grant-eligible students nationwide.