Seven UConn Students Earn Gilman Scholarships

The fall 2023 recipients of Gilman scholarships (front, from left) Suki Zheng, Michelle Eweka, (back, from left) Moera Kamimura, Alexandra Torres Munoz, Avery Lyn Sparks and Yanni Tsiranides pose for a photo on the Student Union lawn on Dec. 14, 2023. (Sydney Herdle/UConn Photo)


The Gilman Scholarship, a prestigious academic award congressionally funded through the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the State Department, has been awarded to seven UConn students for the most recent (fall 2023) application cycle. The funding supports broadening student participation in study abroad programs and encourages travel to diverse locations around the globe, along with intensive language study and internship experiences. 

“We are very excited to see STEM students being represented with Gilman Scholarships this award cycle,” says Valerie Jenkelunas, Experiential Global Learning (EGL) advisor and community liaison specialist. “We also appreciate that four students will be studying abroad in East Asia, an underrepresented region in study abroad nationally.”

In addition to EGL, students applying for Gilman Scholarships also work with advisors in UConn’s Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF).  Michael Cunningham, Assistant Director of ONSF and UConn’s Fulbright Program Advisor, is one of two Gilman certifying advisors at UConn along with Jenkelunas.

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