Ana Castro Reynoso ’17 has been awarded a Gilman International Scholarship Program award for undergraduate study abroad for the spring 2016 semester. Reynoso plans to study in Morocco, Bolivia and Viet Nam in the SIT International Honors Program/Comparative: Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy.
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Rensselaer, N.Y.
High School: Doane Stuart School
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Reynoso, an environmental studies major, was a fellow for Community Water Solutions, Sagbarigu, Tamale, Ghana in 2014. Last semester she was selected as one of the NY Hispanic Coalition 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. Reynoso is funding coordinator for the C. Christian Johnson Voices of Color Lecture Series and a student assistant at Sadove Student Center. She has been involved with Hamilton’s Annual Fund Phonathon, LaVanguardia and BLSU and has also served as a jitney driver at Hamilton.
The Gilman International Scholarship Program highlights the importance of international study for undergraduates given the increasing global interdependence of economies and cultures in today’s world. As such, it seeks to eliminate one of the largest barriers for many study abroad candidates: the financial burden.
The program also encourages students to pursue their studies or internships in areas of the world not conventionally selected as study abroad destinations (i.e. outside of Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand). Award recipients must complete a follow-up project that promotes international education to their universities or their home communities.