Four Mt. San Antonio College students were recently awarded prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Arianna Rivera (La Puente), Blanca Flores (La Puente), Elizabeth Gutierrez (Montclair), and Jared Morales (Covina) were awarded the scholarships, which will allow them to participate in a study abroad program in England for the upcoming fall semester. Rivera and Flores each received $4,500 scholarships, while Gutierrez and Morales received $3,000 in scholarship funds.
The students will attend classes in London, where they will study British culture, philosophy, literature, and art as participants in the Southern California Foothills Consortium for Study Abroad, a cooperative venture among area community colleges. Rivera is an art history major and plans to become a museum curator. Flores is a physical therapy major and plans to become a sports physical therapist or doctor. Gutierrez is a medical allied field major and plans to become a radiologist. Morales is also a medical allied field major and plans to become a physician assistant.
The Gilman Scholarship program provides under-represented students and students of limited financial means with the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs throughout the world. Seven hundred undergraduate students from 270 colleges and universities across the U.S. received Gilman Scholarships this year.
Through its Global Opportunities (GO) program, Mt. SAC also will offer study aboard programs in Taiwan (international business), Hawaii (geology and astronomy), and Spain during the winter and spring terms.