RIT students win international scholarships and fellowships

Students to be recognized at Global Learning Symposium April 28




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Rochester Institute of Technology students have won a variety of international scholarships and fellowships for the summer term and upcoming academic year.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Global Learning Symposium, from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 28 in the Golisano Hall atrium. The second annual event celebrates study and work abroad, and the fostering of cultural knowledge and competencies in RIT graduates.

“RIT students are global leaders in their disciplines,” said James Myers, associate provost for International Education and Global Programs. “They want to be part of the conversation, part of solutions to challenges we face as a world community, and they possess a powerful set of globally relevant skills and knowledge."

Sixteen students have won funding for international experiences through different programs:

Two RIT students have won Fulbright Fellowships. They are Yasmeen Smalley-Norman, a 2013 graduate (BFA, photojournalism, BS, biomedical photographic communications) from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, and Victoria Scholl, a fourth-year student majoring in motion picture science and imaging science in CIAS and in the College of Science’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.

Six RIT students have won the Gilman International Scholarship for the summer term. This program aims to diversify study abroad participants and awards up to $5,000 for undergraduates. Gilman winners are:

  • Karina Baker, an international and global studies major in the College of Liberal Arts, who will study in India;
  • Margaret Dorsey, a game design and development major in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, who will study in Hungary;
  • Zoe Garman, an international and global studies student in the College of Liberal Arts, who will study in China;
  • Julia Provenzano, a chemical engineering student in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, who will study in Chile;
  • Shannon Smith, an American Sign Language-English interpretation student at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, who will study in Japan;
  • Mendy Yu, a mechanical engineering major in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, who will study in Japan.

Three students won $10,000 scholarships from the Council on International Educational Exchange, or CIEE, Study Abroad. They will study at three of the CIEE Open Campuses in Berlin, London, Paris and Rome. As CIEE Global Scholars, the students will engage in comparative learning experiences at three locations during the 18-week program. RIT recipients are:

  • Santiago Gonzalez Garcia, an international business major in Saunders College of Business, who will study in Berlin, London and Paris;
  • Kevin Mejia, a management student in Saunders College, who will study in Berlin, London and Paris;
  • Bernard Rodgers, a communications major in the College of Liberal Arts, who will study in Rome, Berlin and London.

Five RIT students won fellowships to study at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan. The KIT Fellowship is a six-week program during which students attend cultural programs, field trips and lectures, and develop science projects. The awardees are:

  • Yi Chen, a graphic design student in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences;
  • James Franclemont, an international and global studies major in the College of Liberal Arts;
  • Shannon Smith, an ASL-English interpreting student at NTID;
  • Christopher Mercado, a game design and development major in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences;
  • Hector Pineiro, a game design and development major in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

For information about study-abroad programs and international fellowships, go to RIT Global.