Gilman Scholars on Rise

This year marks a record number of Gilman Scholarships awarded to USF students wanting to sharpen global skills.

By Barbara Melendez

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (June 4, 2012) – The growing number of prestigious scholarships being awarded to USF students is an exciting trend for the staff in the Office of National Scholarships.

The staff is particularly pleased with the record number of Gilman Scholarships that came through this year. Seventeen USF students received the honor – the largest group at one time in USF history.

“USF’s emphasis on encouraging our students to become global citizens and our more rigorous admission standards make our students a perfect fit for the Gilman program,” said Linda Lucas, director of the Office of National Scholarships. “And it’s strictly for students who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.  So students, who are afraid they can’t afford to go abroad to study, definitely should look into it.  We’re here to help.”

This year’s list includes: Lea Bates (international studies, communication sciences and disorders); Elizabeth Birmingham (international relations); Falon Blessing (nursing); Sasha Deter (English, international studies); Gina Ferrara (international business, marketing); Alyse Griffin (public health); Hollyn Hartlep (international studies, Spanish); Jason Hodge  (history); Brittany Kenny (political science, history); Garrett Lentz (environmental biology); Jamel McNeill (mass communications); Camille Petersen (international relations, Spanish); Hayley Printz (Criminology);  Luis Saavedra (biology); Sarah Seabrook, (environmental science and policy, environmental biology); Nadia Tenouri (biology); and Calon Webb (Psychology).

Two from this group, Birmingham and Ferrara, both received their Gilman scholarships in addition to Freeman Asia scholarships to study in China. Birmingham is a College of Arts and Sciences junior minoring in Chinese. Ferrara is a senior in the College of Business. Seabrook, a sophomore with double science majors, earned both a Gilman and a Hollings Scholarship.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program  is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles on a global level. The Freeman ASIA program is focused on increasing the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to Asia, its peoples and various cultures. The Hollings Scholarship is offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support full-time study of oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education.


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Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563.