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Isha Mehta
Graphic Design
Germany
Gilman Scholarship 2018-2019
Isha Mehta

Study abroad is a rare opportunity that I wanted to seize because it suited me perfectly. I wanted to learn and gain experiences not only from a classroom and textbooks, but also from traveling, other cultures and the European education system. After all, it's a perfect opportunity to travel for a whole semester while you're in college!

Studying abroad teaches you so many valuable skills and tactics that you can never learn from a book. I learned how to completely start from scratch in a new country without any of my friends or family. I learned how to go out of my comfort zone, try new things, solve issues solely on my own and become more independent. Academically, I learned integrated design, how to expand my creativity and do more experimental work.

In your scholarship essays, be honest with your answers and be genuine. Really tell them your true intentions on why you want to study aboard and be specific. Most importantly, work very closely with your study abroad advisor.

Erin Binkley
Sign Language Interpreting
Italy
Gilman Scholarship 2018-2019
Erin Binkley

I decided to study abroad because I wanted to learn about a new language and culture. As an ASL-English interpreting student, I know it is important to always strive to be more culturally aware and I thought studying abroad would be a great opportunity to learn about another country’s culture: both hearing and Deaf. By studying abroad, I’m hoping to learn more about myself and the world. This will help me both personally, and in my career as an interpreter.

My advice for anyone thinking about apply for scholarships would be to find ones that you meet the qualifications for and apply, even if you don’t think you will get them. It can’t hurt to try! If you need help finding scholarships to apply for, talk to the study abroad office or other people who have studied abroad.

Ashley Gleason
Health Sciences
Netherlands
Gilman Scholarship 2018-2019
Ashley Gleason

I wanted to study abroad because coming from a small, rural town in Western NY, I had no experience being in another country ... not even Canada! I wanted to go out and see the world during my time at RIT because college is the best time for me to do so, as I could work to fund study abroad and apply for financial aid.

Academically, I hope to benefit from my interdisciplinary studies abroad by bringing new perspectives from Amsterdam into how I see healthcare here in the U.S. Personally, I hope that I gain more self-confidence as I will be experiencing many firsts abroad -  flying by myself, coordinating bookings and transportation plans, and traveling in a city I don't know.

If you’re interested in applying for study abroad scholarships start early! Think about your identity, financial status, any interesting traits/hobbies you have, etc. and look for scholarships that match those! Also, your study abroad advisors and financial aid advisor will be your best friends throughout the entire process (my financial aid advisor was a godsend for me), so consult with them often!

Andrew Ramsey
Computer Engineering
Austria
Fulbright Student 2019-2020
Andrew Ramsey

Andrew will research innovative ways to improve the methods that drones use to determine their position, enabling navigation without GPS. Such technologies will allow drones to assist with search and rescue operations in difficult terrain such as dense forests or steep mountains where GPS might not be reliable. Andrew's research will be carried out in conjunction with Dr. Andrea Tonello of Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

Alana Smith
Applied Arts & Sciences
Denmark
Gilman Scholarship 2017-2018
Alana Smith
Guillermo Burgos
Applied Arts & Sciences
Croatia
Gilman Scholarship 2017-2018
Guillermo Burgos
Alexandria Shumway
Bioinformatics
Germany
DAAD Rise 2018-2019
Alexandria Shumway
Elizabeth Grese
Hospitality
Croatia
Gilman Scholarship 2016-2017
Elizabeth Grese
Geraldine Dang
3D Digital Design
Singapore
Gilman Scholarship 2016-2017
Geraldine Dang
Ethan Griswold
Mechanical Engineering
Germany
DAAD RISE 2016-2017
Ethan Griswold
Nathaniel Thomas
International and Global Studies
Bhutan
Gilman Scholarship 2017-2018
Nathaniel Thomas
Leo Holman
Digital Human & Social Sciences
China
Gilman Scholarship 2017-2018
Leo Holman
Emily Adams
Mechanical Engineering
Germany
DAAD RISE 2016-2017
Emily Adams
Taryn Brennan
International and Global Studies
Russia
Gilman Scholarship 2016-2017
Taryn Brennan
Connor Jensen
Mechanical Engineering
Germany
DAAD RISE 2016-2017
Connor Jensen
Margaret Dorsey
Game Design and Development
Hungary
Gilman Scholarship 2016-2017
Margaret Dorsey

I'm a Dual Major in Game Design and Development and Computational Math, and I'm also completing the core requirements for the Computer Science Major (SIS can't do 3 majors at the same time), along with a minor in Japanese. I decided to study abroad because despite coming from a low income background — I've always wanted to travel. When I got the opportunity to study rigorous math and go overseas for the first time, I jumped at the opportunity.

My advice to those applying is that you should apply to everything you're at all interested in — even if it's competitive, too time consuming, or your application seems weak to you. You never know how things will turn out. Also, have every detail-oriented friend you have go over all your essays, resumes, and documents before you submit. There were a lot of things in my application that I didn't notice were not written clearly that my friends were able to point out to me before I submitted my application!

Brian Williams
Finance
Ireland
Fulbright Student 2017-2018
Brian Williams

Brian will enroll in the Masters of Finance degree program at Dublin City University (DCU) in order to explore the role of foreign direct investment (FDI) from multinational companies in the development process for poor countries.  He will further specialize by studying risk management to evaluate risks and impact of FDI on these countries and companies.

Karina Baker
International and Global Studies
India
Gilman Scholarship 2016-2017
Karina Baker
Bernard Rodgers
Communications
Italy, Germany, and UK
CIEE Global Scholar 2016-2017
Bernard Rodgers

How does being a Global Scholar fit into your long term goals?

Let me first start out by sharing that bearing the title, Global Scholar is so ASTRONOMICALLY AMAZING! Being a Global Scholar fits so perfectly into my long term goals for so many reasons.  First, it has always been a dream of mine to create a career and a life that allows me to travel and learn about other cultures. As our world continues to become more globalized, it encourages me to understand the importance of and embrace diverse cultures. This opportunity is going to help further that goal. Secondly, as a global scholar,  I want to build connections around the world that will allow me to pivot into a number of positions that will enhance me personally, spiritually and professionally.

What do you hope to gain from the experience?

As I think about this quickly approaching trip, one of the biggest things I am looking to gain from this experience is a new understanding of myself.  I think that we as people have so many different aspects to who we are, and I want to use this opportunity to stretch what I thought I was capable of before.  I’ll be using my love of photography and videography to create a fun memorial project and be committed to finding other ways to continue to step out of my comfort zone while abroad. 

I am so excited about expanding my social circle as well. I hope to meet a great deal of amazing people who will be great additions to the amazing supporters that have been apart of my life thus far! I also want to develop and expand my outlook of the world and allow that to assist me as I discover all the potential opportunities available to me upon  graduation.

What is your advice for future international scholarships and study abroad applicants?

For anyone who is interested in anything abroad, whether it be studying, working or etc; simply do it! I’ve gone to Cuba this past intercession and I am preparing to go to London, Berlin and Rome this fall. Cuba was amazing! I was met with so many sights, sounds, great food and even greater people! Wandering through the streets made me feel like such a local and it is something that I’ll never forget. I always think about the fact that before actually going on the trip to Cuba I was so worried about not being able to afford it. Just know that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Upon reaching out to a number of my supporters, they showed up to encourage me to still apply and helped me go because of the bonds that I had formed with them in the past.  And now I am getting ready to go abroad again and the same advice has aided me. So much that this time, I am going to three different places with a nice $10,000 scholarship to help! In the end, my advice is to form relationships, dream big and like nike says, JUST DO IT! You are worth it and the experience you will have will be life changing.

Frankie Albin
Applied Arts & Sciences
Kosovo
Gilman Scholarship 2016-2017
Frankie Albin
Zoe Garman
International and Global Studies
China
Gilman Scholarship 2016-2017
Zoe Garman
Mendy Yu
Mechanical Engineering
Japan
Gilman Scholarship 2016-2017
Mendy Yu

I am a second year honors student in the mechanical engineering department, though originally a part of the engineering exploration program. Because of my vast interests in a variety of fields, I decided to study abroad in order to help expand my knowledge. Studying abroad exposed me to new experiences and helped me to gain independence.

I would suggest when applying for scholarships to set feasible goals. For example, I worked on scholarship applications only on Friday nights until the last deadline. Applicants should be specific with their experience and look upon their application through the eyes of the person reviewing their work. For example, ask yourself, “What do I have to offer in my application that will make others want to support me and fund my experience abroad?” It’s always good to have multiple eyes review one’s application before submission, too.

Yasmeen Smalley
Journalism
Philippines
Fulbright Student 2016-2017
Yasmeen Smalley
Victoria Scholl
Motion Picture Science
Switzerland
Fulbright Student 2016-2017
Victoria Scholl
Elizabeth Dzivulsky
Elizabeth Dzivulsky
Economics
UAE
COLA Student Travel Fund 2017-2018
Elizabeth Dzivulsky

I decided to study abroad because I want an international experience where I will be able to grow and develop as a person, student and future economist. I have always been interested in the business world and as an Economics and Public Policy double major I am developing skills to excel in various political and business fields. Being the business capital of the world, Dubai is the perfect place for me to study. I am so excited for the cultural adventures I will experience in and out of the classroom.

For future scholarship applications, I suggest to get started early so you can find the perfect one for your studies. Working with the Education Abroad office led me to apply to the RIT Dubai study abroad program. There are a plethora of different opportunities students can access through the Education Abroad office. In your essay, highlight why the study abroad program you have chosen is a good fit for your academic program and how it will benefit you in your career.

 

Ocean Jangda
Ocean Jangda
Applied Arts & Sciences
Croatia
DW Wilson Award 2015-2016
Ocean Jangda

Over the course of many years spending my summers in nature, I developed a deep appreciation for nature. Today, this appreciation has evolved into a keen interest in cities, design, urban development, and business. Through RIT’s School of Individualized Study, I have been able to create a program which encompasses my interests, helping me to develop well-rounded critical thinking skills and an entrepreneurial spirit which will serve me throughout my life. Since high school, I have had an interest in architecture, and that interest has lead me to the study of real estate, and human spaces. Coming to Croatia and experiencing exciting and foreign urban environments while studying the hospitality industry in the classroom, has opened my eyes to new ideas and inspired me to learn more. Taking classes in RIT Croatia’s hospitality program has brought me closer to a career in real estate, and has helped me build a global context for the industry.

My best adventure:

For spring break I traveled to Greece. Even though Europe has been rocked by numerous terrorist attacks, and Greece is struggling to cope with refugees en masse, the trip to Athens and Santorini reaffirmed to me that Europe is full of kind, open-minded people who want to make the world a better place. 

My advice for applicants:

Just do it. It takes a lot less work than you might think, and the Education Abroad office will bend over backwards to make sure you get there safely and have everything you need to thrive during your stay. There is probably no better investment than studying abroad, and RIT makes it easy to get out and have the time of your life. Arrange a meeting with the international fellowships advisor, and “just go”. 

 

 

Rose Rustowicz
Physical Sciences
Iceland
Fulbright Research/Study Grant 2015-2016
Rose Rustowicz

Project: Mapping and Monitoring the Hekla Volcano: An Early Warning to Devastation and Tragedy: I am working with a research team from the University of Iceland to conduct remote sensing at the Hekla volcano in order to create a multidisciplinary assessment of the landscape which will allow them to map and monitor hazardous and vulnerable areas.

How Fulbright fits into my long term goals:

I hope to be a part of a multidisciplinary research team, doing work in the fields of imaging and remote sensing. This is exactly what I am doing here in Iceland. I have gained real-world experience and knowledge that I will take directly into the professional world!

My best adventure:  

Sleeping on a glacier with a breath-taking northern lights show!

My advice for applicants: Do some research and just go for it! You've got nothing to lose, and something amazing may come out of it!

Alec Freyn
Alec Freyn
Biotechnology & Molecular Bioscience
Germany
DAAD RISE 2015-2016
Alec Freyn

I worked in a biochemistry laboratory in Giessen, Germany studying the response of cells to Influenza virus. We used variant strains of virus to measure the immunological response during infection. I worked closely with my Ph.D. candidate mentor and was able to troubleshoot a new technique to monitor expression during my time in the lab.

I found this experience through a curated list of undergraduate opportunities that the retired Professor Frederick keeps updated for COS students. This is a great resource for students in the College of Science to find opportunities for summer internships, research opportunities, and experiences abroad!

Traveling abroad may seem intimidating, but the experience is invaluable. I was able to live in a culture that was foreign to my own and it expanded my horizons about how I perceived the world. I was able to travel and seen amazing things, experience the culture and art of different nations, and explore a landscape with an entirely different history than my own. I highly recommend studying abroad to everyone that has the ability to! The world starts just beyond your comfort zone.

 

Julia Provenzano
Julia Provenzano
Chemical Engineering & International and Global Studies
Chile
Gilman Scholarship 2015-2016
Julia Provenzano

In addition to a rigorous course load as a Chemical Engineering and International and Global Studies double major, I am also on the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams at RIT, along with being a member of Spanish Club and Engineers for a Sustainable World. I decided to study abroad because having taken Spanish since middle school, becoming fluent in the language has been one of my long term goals. I also wanted to be immersed in a different culture.

While studying abroad, I learned something new every day. From hiking an active volcano to helping teach English in an elementary school, I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone. My advice for future scholarship applicants is to articulate your motivations for studying abroad as clearly as possible. Show through your application that you have put time and energy into finding the perfect study abroad program for you, and how you believe it will benefit you in the future.

 

Shannon Smith
Shannon Smith
ASL-English Interpretation
Japan
Gilman Scholarship 2015-2016
Shannon Smith

I chose to go to Japan because of my long-standing interest in the language and culture.  Deciding to study abroad inspired me to declare a minor in Japanese language and participate a weekly event called "Japanese Conversation Table,” during which I became close friends with Japanese International students.

Study abroad is a wonderful way to learn about the world from others' perspectives, and even more about yourself as a whole. It allows personal growth as well as your motivation and passion to grow as you experience life in another country.

When applying to scholarships, I think that it is important to show how much dedication you have to study abroad and how it will benefit not just you personally, but your educational and future career path. Specifically, for the Gilman Scholarship project proposal, suggest something that is unique to you which could be something related to your major and passion.  For example, I proposed to do a multi-language video blog; incorporating English, Japanese, and ASL.  When writing your proposal, remember to draw on your strengths and confidence, and articulate how much this experience will impact you. I highly recommend studying abroad if you have the opportunity in college; my experience has overall been life-changing!

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