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10 UT Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad, 8 Selected as Alternates

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is pleased to announce that 10 students have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern in global programs (both abroad and virtual) in upcoming terms. Additionally, eight students were selected as alternates for this award. The Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed over 1,500 applicants for the October 2020 Deadline, and over 900 outstanding students were offered awards, including the following Vols:


(no photo) Reem Abdulhussein (no photo)

Hometown: Sevierville, TN

Major: Pre-Med

Plans to study in Jordan

(no photo) Nor Alkhasali

Hometown: Sevierville, TN

Major: Biochemistry

Minors: Business Administration and Arab Studies

Plans to study in Jordan

Rachell Corona

Hometown: Watkins, CO

Major: Global Studies

Plans to study with Semester at Sea

Taylor Martin

Hometown: Maryville, TN

Major: Hispanic Studies

Plans to complete a service-learning program in Costa Rica

Hannah Greene

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Major: Pre-Med/Psychology

Plans to study in Botswana

Kayla Neal

Hometown: Jonesborough, TN

Major: Environmental and Soil Science

Plans to study in China

(no photo) Emmanuel Quezada

Hometown: Spring Hill, TN

Major: Neuroscience

Plans to study in Italy

Jonathan Ting

Hometown: Goodlettsville, TN

Major: Computer Engineering

Plans to study in Japan

Jazmin Ventura

Hometown: Mckenzie, TN

Major: Finance with collateral in International Business

Plans to study in Spain

Zoe Ward

Hometown: Pigeon Forge, TN

Major: College Scholars – Global Health Policy and International Relations

Plans to study in Switzerland

The following students were selected as alternates for the Gilman Scholarship:

Samantha Adams

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Major: Retail and Consumer Sciences

Plans to study in Italy

Chloe Bridenstine

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Major: Political Science

Plans to study in Germany

Nick D’ Allessandro

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Major: Advertising

Plans to study in Italy

Sydney Davidson

Hometown: Lebanon, TN

Major: Marketing

Plans to study in the United Kingdom

Jacqueline Gonzalez

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Majors: Neuroscience and Psychology

Plans to study in France

Alexis Marsh

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Major: Psychology

Plans to study in Spain

Victoria Melerine

Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Major: Business Analytics

Plans to study in Japan

Jacob Rabideau

Hometown: McMinnville, TN

Major: Architecture

Plans to study in Poland

The Congressionally funded Gilman program broadens and diversifies the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 31,000 Gilman scholars who represent the rich diversity of the United States to 145 countries around the globe.

“The Gilman Program aims to make study abroad, and its career advantages, more accessible and inclusive for American students. These diverse American students gain critical skills overseas that expand their career options and ability to make an impact in their home communities,” said Heidi Manley, the Chief of USA Study Abroad at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program particularly focuses on supporting first-generation college students, students in the STEM fields, ethnic and racial minority students, students with disabilities, students who are veterans, students attending community colleges and minority-serving institutions, and other populations underrepresented in study abroad, as well as broadening the destinations where scholars study or intern.

Interested in learning more or applying for the Gilman? The UTK Programs Abroad Office offers workshops and essay advising sessions during open application cycles for Gilman. Email for more info.

Learn more about studying abroad by visiting the Programs Abroad Office’s website.