Liberal Arts Students Win Gilman International Scholarships

photo of 2015 Gilman Scholars

Five UNH students, including two liberal arts majors and one minor, have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which supports global internships or study abroad during the summer term.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to be applied towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program is designed to give students the chance to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies and become better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Tamir Blum, Matthew Kimball, Nicholas Lajoie, Elinor Purrier and Jacqueline Sullivan were among just 1,000 undergraduate students nationally to receive the award.

The three students in the College of Liberal Arts are:

Matthew Kimball  (pictured above at center), a junior Russian and international affairs major from Rochester, N.H., will spend eight weeks traveling through Russia, with stays in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. A Marine Corps veteran, Kimball hopes the trip will prepare him to work for the United States government in facilitating healthy communication between the Russian Federation and the United States.

Nicholas Lajoie (pictured at right) is a freshman physics major and German minor from Concord, N.H. Lajoie will spend the summer in Berlin, Germany, staying with a German family and participating in an intensive study of the German language. He is particularly interested in learning about Gustav Hertz, a German experimental physicist, during his time abroad.

Jacqueline Sullivan (pictured second from right), a sophomore zoology and Spanish double major from East Longmeadow, Mass., received the early-decision Gilman scholarship. A member of the University Honors program, Sullivan will travel to Costa Rica this summer for the UNH San Joaquin de Flores program. She’ll live with a Costa Rican family, take courses in Spanish and learn about the rich variety of animal life in Costa Rica’s many tropical and cloud forests.

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