UTEP students earn study abroad scholarship

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 12:27pm

Four students enrolled at The University of Texas at El Paso received Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships to help them study abroad in the spring semester of 2014.

One alternate candidate was also selected.

The total amount of these awards is $17,000.

The individual awards range from $3,000 to $5,000 and will assist in the students’ pursuit of studies in Australia, South Korea and Spain.

The four scholars are Maria Ruiz-Pineda, Lynette Escobar, Carlos Nevarez and Ricardo Myers, and the alternate is Carina Samano.

Ruiz-Pineda, Escobar and Samano will study in South Korea, Nevarez will study in Spain and Myers will study in Australia.

Ruiz-Pineda, Escobar and Samano will follow in the trailblazing footsteps of two UTEP sisters, Karla and Roxanna Sifuentes, who were the first UTEP students to study abroad in South Korea after they received Gilman Scholarships last year.

Nevarez, a senior political science major, looks forward to seeing a football match in Spain and also enhancing his education at UTEP through this unique experience.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is highly competitive, with more than 2,600 applications for approximately 700 awards.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates in good academic standing who receive Federal Pell Grant funding.

Of all the universities in Texas, UTEP came in second in the number of students selected for this prestigious award.

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