Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Students receive prestigious Gilman scholarships to study abroad

RELEASED: June 17, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Three University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students recently were awarded scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study abroad for the fall 2011 semester.

Junior Alexandria Berg, Iola, was awarded $3,500 to study at the University of Ghana at Accra, West Africa, through the International Student Exchange Program. Sophomore Oscar Lopez-Martinez, Owen, received $4,000 to study in Riga, Latvia, through a UW-Eau Claire partnership with the University of Latvia. Senior Heather Wroten, Portage, received $3,500 to study at the Universidad Católica in Montevideo, Uruguay, through ISEP.

Alexandria Berg
Alexandria Berg

Berg, a kinesiology major, plans to take courses in the Twi language as well as those relating to HIV/AIDS. She also is interested in learning African drumming and dance. Berg will be volunteering at an orphanage in Teshie, Ghana. Her follow-on project to inform students about the benefits of studying abroad will be integrated into an English class for freshmen.

"I thought that this was very important because it gets students to start thinking and planning early," Berg said. "I can speak about how it can be affordable for almost anyone with help from financial support or scholarships such as the Gilman."

Lopez-Martinez, who is majoring in biochemistry/molecular biology, will study Baltic history and Latvian and Russian language. He plans to give presentations to seventh-graders to educate them about Latvian history and culture as part of his follow-on project.

Oscar Lopez-Martinez

Oscar Lopez-Martinez

"I look forward to meeting new people and learning more about their language and the history of the country," Lopez-Martinez said.

Wroten, a social work major, will focus on Spanish language and culture.

"This will help me because my goal is to be a social worker dealing largely with families and individuals that speak Spanish as their first language," Wroten said. "I also hope to become involved in inter-country adoption."

Upon her return, Wroten will encourage her fellow students to explore study abroad options and hopes to become a peer adviser to help students prepare for their journeys once they have been accepted to go abroad.

Heather Wroten

Heather Wroten

"I am looking forward to having the chance to live with a host family instead of college or on-campus housing. I think it will be a great chance for me to not only see what life as a college student in Uruguay is like, but also to experience what being part of a family and a community is like."

The Gilman International Scholarship Program, established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, provides awards that allow American undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding at two- or four-year colleges or universities to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas.

For more information, contact Colleen Marchwick, study abroad coordinator in the Center for International Education, at marchwcc@uwec.edu.

-30-

RD/DW

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.