Six students receive summer Gilman Scholarships to study abroad

Author: Erin Blasko

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Six University of Notre Dame students have been named Gilman Scholars for the summer 2019 academic cycle, tying a University record for the most Gilman Scholars in a single academic cycle and setting a University record for the most Gilman Scholars in a single academic year with 15.

The previous University record for the most Gilman Scholars in a single academic year was eight.

Among the winners:

• Junior Kaisha Age, of New Orleans, Louisiana, will study in Toledo, Spain. Age is a Spanish major with a supplementary major in pre-health studies.

• Sophomore Daniel Mikovits, of Spring Arbor, Michigan, will study in Dublin through Notre Dame International’s (NDI) Dublin Summer Program. Mikovits is an electrical engineering major with a minor in energy studies. He is a Grand Challenges Scholar.

• Sophomore Devon Ngo, of Charlotte, North Carolina, will study in London through NDI’s London Summer Program. Ngo is a chemical engineering major. He is a QuestBridge Scholar and a Building Bridges mentee.

• Junior Kendrick Peterson, of Las Vegas, will study in Greece. Peterson is a political science major with minors in business economics and public policy. He is a QuestBridge and Gates Millennium scholar and a Building Bridges mentee.

• Sophomore Sarah Price, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, will study in China through NDI’s Global Professional Experience Program. Price is an economics major with minors in international development studies and sociology.

• Junior Natalie Stevens, of Moorestown, New Jersey, will study in the Czech Republic through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Stevens is a psychology major with a minor in education, school and society.

In applying for the scholarship, the students worked closely with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), which promotes the intellectual development of Notre Dame undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors and the pursuit of fellowships.

“Congratulations to this year’s Gilman Scholarship recipients, and thank you to CUSE team member Elise Rudt for guiding them through the application process,” Jeffrey Thibert, the Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director of CUSE, said. “The recent uptick in Notre Dame Gilman recipients is due both to Elise’s outreach and advising efforts and to the thoughtfulness with which our students approach the robust study abroad experiences that have been curated by Notre Dame International.”

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship helps American undergraduate students of limited financial means study or intern abroad with up to $5,000 in financial assistance for program costs plus additional funding for the study of a critical language overseas.

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Originally published by Erin Blasko at on May 16, 2019.