Brianna Dau ’16, a psychology major from Bloomfield, Connecticut, and Erin Cappellucci ’16, a political science and international studies major from Plymouth, Massachusetts, were recently awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for international study during the fall 2014 semester.
Brianna will be studying Korean Language and Culture at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Brianna says she is ecstatic to have the chance to immerse herself in another culture, and is looking forward to the opportunity to learn another language, try new foods and study in a country quite different from our own.
Brianna’s interests include playing piano and guitar, as well as tennis and volleyball. She also loves dancing, singing and playing League of Legends. She was 2013-2014 president of the Asian-American Society on campus, and is involved in RISE, DiverCity, the ALAN-A Brothers and Sisters Program and the SGA Diversity Committee.
Erin will be studying Modernization and Social Change in Amman, Jordan, through The School for International Training (SIT). On campus, Erin is a civic ambassador for the Martin Institute and has participated in both Habitat for Humanity and the Into the Streets community service program. After graduation, she hopes to serve in the Peace Corps before attending graduate school and seeking a position with the U.S. Department of State.
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.
If you are interested in learning more about the Gilman Scholarship, please visit the Office of International Programs (Duffy 131) or www.iie.org/Gilman.