“I am grateful for the Gilman Scholarship program helping me embark on an incredible opportunity to shadow medical personnel abroad in Zambia while learning and building important relationships with others.”
Carly Peggs, junior psychology major
BOONE, N.C. — Three Appalachian undergraduate students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and one student was named as an alternate.
Nancy Contreras-Quinteros, Carly Peggs and Bethany Brotherton — all Gilman Scholarship recipients — will study and intern abroad during summer 2018. Contreras-Quinteros, a senior chemistry major from Charlotte, will travel to Zambia, Africa; Peggs, a junior majoring in psychology from Mooresville, will also be traveling to Zambia; and Brotherton, a Newton native and senior anthropology major, will travel to Mexico.
Lindsey Abdelfattah, a senior management major at Appalachian, has been named as an alternate for the Gilman Scholarship. If awarded the scholarship, Abdelfattah, a Bessemer City native, plans to study abroad in South Africa during summer 2018.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, offers grants of up to $5,000 to allow U.S. undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to participate in credit-bearing study abroad programs and career-orientated internships. The program seeks to support students that might not otherwise participate due to financial barriers.
Another goal of the Gilman International Scholarship is to impact students’ academic and career trajectory in a positive way.
Brotherton said her experience in Mexico will “involve learning the Mayan language while also practicing ethnography by living with a Mayan family. Not only will this give me hands-on experience, but it will also show employers and graduate schools that I am flexible and open to new experiences.”
Brotherton’s comments also resonated with Peggs, who explained, “As an aspiring physician, it is my hope to be able to be a globally minded and culturally aware professional who can relate to people from many backgrounds. I am grateful for the Gilman Scholarship program helping me embark on an incredible opportunity to shadow medical personnel abroad in Zambia while learning and building important relationships with others.”
During the most recent application cycle, the program received more than 4,700 applications and awarded 1,201 scholarships to outstanding students from 363 different U.S. higher education institutions.
Contreras-Quinteros said she encourages more Appalachian students to apply for the Gilman Scholarship. Her suggestion: “While preparing to write your essays, think about how you will take advantage of the opportunity to go abroad and how you will use your experience to come back home and make a difference.”
Making a difference is a key goal of the Gilman award, and recipients are asked to conduct a follow-on project in their community when they return.
Abdelfattah described applying for the Gilman Scholarship as “such a great opportunity that opened up so many networks of valuable people I had no idea were ready and willing to support me. I connected with Appalachian’s Nationally Competitive Scholarships, which encouraged and supported me through the application process and even helped me edit my final essay.”
Her advice to future scholarship applicants is to “take advantage of the amazing people around you who are willing and ready to help you achieve your dreams.”
For more information about how to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and other competitive awards, please contact Nationally Competitive Scholarships at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://ncs.appstate.edu.
About Nationally Competitive Scholarships
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Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.