Office of Fellowships announces award of prestigious scholarships

Written by Karen L. Bystrom, via Office of Fellowships
August 14, 2017

The Office of Fellowships is pleased to announce that College of Art and Sciences students Isabelle Jong and Nicole Freitas have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is a nationally competitive grant program that fosters mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and of other countries with the aim to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.

Portrait of Isabelle Jong, female student wearing a black dress with a white collarIsabelle Jong, a Strategic Communication major, will attend Sogang University in Seoul for Fall Quarter 2017. She plans to continue her study of the Korean language and looks forward to volunteer opportunities and cultural immersion trips. Isabelle expands on her decision to apply, “I chose to study in South Korea because I wanted to explore my Asian roots, but I've never been able to travel to Asia until now so I'm really excited and grateful to have won the Gilman Award! I think I am most looking forward to visiting cultural landmarks like Gyeongbokgung Palace, seeing the really amazing architecture in historic districts, and trying Korean street foods and unique cafes, like dog or garden cafes, where you can have coffee in rooms full of dogs or flowers!”

Nicole Frietas, female student posed in front of field of tulipsNicole Freitas, a Psychology major, will be studying Spanish in Madrid, at Universidad Pontificia Comillas to complete her minor in that language.  She looks forward to exploring the capital of Spain and embracing a new culture. She said, “I’ve always been a little scared to speak Spanish and I know this experience abroad will really help me get out of my comfort zone and improve an important skill. I’m the kind of person who ‘goes with the flow’ and I don’t tend to plan much in advance. I’m hoping to split my free weekends between exploring neighboring countries and traveling to different cities in Spain. But honestly, I won’t know most of my plans until the week of. I’m also super excited for 24-hour churros y chocolate, home cooked meals, and authentic paella.”

The mission of Seattle University’s Office of Fellowship is to support students’ search for prestigious awards and opportunities that will enrich their education. The office offers expert guidance in selecting a fellowship or scholarship, writing personal statements and grant proposals, interview strategies, and many other skills that will be useful beyond scholarship competitions.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.