Five VCU students receive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships

Top row, left to right : Hannah Byrne, Jonnathan Alvis and Siona Peterous. Bottom row, left to right : Daniella Pizarro and Oumaima Kaabi.

Five Virginia Commonwealth University students have been awarded scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for study abroad during summer 2016. Students were selected from a field of 3,400 applicants; approximately 950 students from across the nation were selected to receive the scholarship.

Jonnathan Alvis, a sophomore majoring in forensic science in the College of Humanities and Sciences, received a scholarship to participate in the Sant’Anna Institute VCU summer direct-enroll program, which takes place in Sorrento, Italy. Alvis is from Springfield, Virginia.

Hannah Byrne, a junior majoring in biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, received a scholarship to study at The School for Field Studies in Tanzania. Byrne is from Richmond, Virginia.

Oumaima Kaabi, a senior majoring in biology and a member of the Honors College, received a scholarship to participate in the Contemporary Social Challenges in Rural Communities VCU faculty-led summer study abroad program, which takes place in Pietermaritzburg and Maputaland, South Africa. Kaabi is from Alexandria, Virginia.

Siona Peterous, a junior majoring in political science and urban and regional studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences, received a scholarship to participate in the AMIDEAST intensive Arabic program, which takes place in Amman, Jordan. Peterous is from Springfield, Virginia.

Daniella Pizarro, a junior majoring in science with a concentration in health preparation in the College of Humanities and Sciences, received a scholarship to participate in the CEA Costa Rican Medical Spanish Program. Pizarro is from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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