UNH College of Liberal Arts (COLA) students Julia Krank ’17, a dual psychology and justice studies major, and Patrick Sullivan ’17, a dual sociology and justice studies major, are two of approximately 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Both Krank and Sullivan will be studying abroad this fall semester through the UNH COLA-managed justice studies program in Budapest, Hungary, that allows students to deepen their knowledge of modern European justice systems. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship abroad costs. UNH student Kimberly Lavoie ’18, a wildlife and conservation biology major, also received a Gilman Scholarship.
Five New Hampshire students have been awarded B. Thomas Trout Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts to support their study abroad experiences in the 2016-17 academic year.
The scholarship recipients are Jessica Gero, an English teaching and classics double major from Milton; Jess Hesse, a German major from Derry; Andrew Jablonski, a French major from Newmarket; RoseAlaina Leone, a psychology and anthropology double major from Walpole; and Carlos Martens, an English Journalism major from Newmarket.
The B. Thomas Trout Scholars Fund supports academically outstanding College of Liberal Arts undergraduates, allowing them to participate in UNH-managed study abroad programs in the College.
Crystal Napoli ’18, an honors history and justice studies major, and Eden Suoth ’18, an honors mechanical engineering and philosophy major, won Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to participate in fully funded summer language and cultural immersion programs in China and Indonesia, respectively. Under the U.S. Department of State, the CLS program is part of a U.S. governmental effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Napoli and Suoth are the only students from UNH this year to win the scholarship.
Two College of Liberal Arts students are among four UNH undergraduates who have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which supports global internships or study abroad. Eight hundred undergraduates nationwide share in the honor. The Gilman Scholarship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Zachary Dumont ’17, a political science major from Manchester, New Hampshire, will participate in the UNH-managed program at Chengdu University in China. Dumont wants to develop his Mandarin Chinese language skills and study the nation’s culture and literature in preparation for a career in East Asian relations and policy.
Hannah Medovnikov ’17 will study in Dakar, Senegal. Medovnikov is a studio art major and ceramics artist from Bethany, Connecticut. Through the program Senegal: National Identity and the Arts, she will study ceramics within different artistic traditions and explore how Senagalese art and urban identity has been influenced by colonialism and slavery.
The University is holding a STUDY ABROAD FAIR on Tuesday, September 15, noon to 2 p.m., in the Strafford Room of the MUB. Come learn about the dozens of UNH managed study abroad programs and exchanges that are available, and speak with faculty directors and students who have already studied abroad.
Enter the FREE raffle at the door for a pair of Sol Republic Tracks HD headphones ($120 value)! Refreshments will be provided.
This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Center for International Education.
Ross Conroy ’17 of Berwick, Maine, has received a Boren Scholarship to study in Rwanda during the 2015-16 academic year. The junior political science and international affairs dual major and member of the University Honors Program is one of only 171 students nationally to have received a 2015 Boren award.
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 the United States. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.
Conroy will spend the spring 2016 semester on the Post-Genocide Restoration and Peace Building program run by the School for International Training, and he’ll study the Kinyarwanda language.
This will not be Conroy’s first time in Africa. He lived in Namibia with his family in 2008, studied in Senegal last summer and he’s participating in an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon this summer. Someday he would like to work for the Foreign Service as a public diplomacy or economic officer.
The National Security Education Program, a federal initiative designed to build a more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills, sponsors the David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.
–by Jeanne Sokolowski, UNH Office of Fellowships
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.