Baruch Students Receive Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Thailand, and Belgium
(Pictured, left to right: Michelle Sheu, Zulikha Roberts, and Garrett Greene,)
New York, NY – November 29, 2016 – Baruch College students Michelle Sheu ’19, Garrett Greene ’19, and Zulikha Roberts ’19 have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the spring 2017 semester. The three Gilman recipients will be using their scholarship funds to study in Costa Rica, Thailand, and Belgium.
The Gilman Scholarship, named after former Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and grants awards up to $5,000 to apply towards study abroad or internship program costs.
“I'm so excited and grateful to share this achievement with the CUNY community,” said Sheu, a Macaulay Honors College student who will complete her Bachelor’s degree in 2019.“I will be studying Spanish, innovation, art, and social change at Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica for the spring 2017 semester
Sheu added “The Gilman Scholarship enables me to pursue my ambitions during this time abroad without the weight of financial stressors. I am looking forward to working on art projects including cultural photography, watercolor, and graphic design while being influenced by the pura vida philosophy and lifestyle, and utilizing the scholarship to seek materials.
Garrett Greene, a marketing major who will earn his BBA in 2019, will be studying at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. “I am thrilled to win this prestigious scholarship and have the opportunity to study abroad,” said Garrett upon receipt of the scholarship.
Zulikha Roberts, currently studying Business and Political Science, will complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2019. She will focus her studies in these fields at Ghent University in Belgium. Following completion of the semester abroad as well as her bachelor’s degree, Roberts says “I hope to pursue a career working in the United Nations and in diplomacy.”
Baruch President Mitchel B. Wallerstein has set a five-year goal of sending at least 15% of Baruch students abroad each year for international experience. “Let’s become one of the nation’s leading models for how an affordable college with limited resources is able to give its deserving students exposure to the world,” he said, in his recent State of the College address.
Students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Office website, or visit the office on the 8th floor of the Annex at 137 E. 25th Street (next to the Library Building).