Pitzer College Students Win Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman International ScholarshipClaremont, Calif. (June 13, 2014)—Pitzer College students Patricia Doan ’16, Allison Donine ’16 and Anh Tran ’16 have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad.

Doan is spending six weeks this summer studying in Pitzer’s Costa Rica Summer Health Program, where she will explore the health care system in a developing country while building her Spanish language skills and gaining insight into Costa Rican culture. Doan has interned with the Riverside Community Hospital and ultimately wants to become a pediatrician.

Donine will study abroad on the Pitzer in Nepal program this fall where she hopes to learn more about environmental policy initiatives, rural urbanization and the steps Nepal is taking to respond to climate change. The environmental analysis major has been a research assistant for the Ontario Real Food Project, which addresses issues of food justice in Ontario, Calif. In 2013, Donine participated in Project Pericles’ Debating for Democracy National Conference in New York City, a two-day conference designed to give students the tools needed to effectively advocate for causes they are passionate about. She was named a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar earlier this year.

Tran, a human biology major and a pre-med student in Pitzer’s joint medical program with Western University of Health Sciences, will spend fall semester on the Pitzer in China program. In addition to intensive Chinese language study and a core course focusing on regional issues, Tran will take an introductory course on traditional Chinese medicine that will augment her medical knowledge as she pursues a career in medicine. She is currently studying abroad in Pitzer’s Costa Rica Summer Health Program.

Established in 2000, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for US undergraduate students who receive Federal Pell Grant funding to support their participation in study abroad and internship programs worldwide. Funded by the US Congress, the Gilman program is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

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