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Recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State's Gilman Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship program for U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals of limited financial means to enable them to study or intern abroad. The program provides awards of up to $5,000 for students who are U.S. citizens, Federal Pell Grant recipients and studying at an undergraduate level at a two- or four-year institution.

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Farah Mohamed - Gilman Scholar

Farah Mohamed
Gilman Scholar, Fall 2022
Destination: South Korea

Nicholas Rodriguez - Gilman Scholar

Nicholas Rodriguez
Gilman Scholar, Fall 2022
Destination: Japan

Kimberly Mitchell - Gilman Scholar

Kimberly Mitchell
Gilman Scholar, Fall 2022
Destination: Malaysia and Bali

Christopher Aviles-Sanchez - Gilman Scholar

Christopher Aviles-Sanchez
Gilman Scholar, Fall 2022
Destination: Spain

Jannatul Ferdaus - Gilman Scholar

Jannatul Ferdaus
Gilman Scholar, Fall 2022
Destination: Phillipines

Yasmin Jalloh - Gilman Scholar

Yasmin Jalloh
Gilman Scholar, Spring 2022
Destination: Europe

Manuel Santiago - Gilman Scholar

Manuel Santiago
Gilman Scholar, Spring 2022
Destination: Europe

Judith Obregon - Gilman Scholar

Judith Obregon
Gilman Scholar, Fall 2021
Destination: Spain

Leonardo Villavicencio - Gilman Scholar

Leonardo Villavicencio
Gilman Scholar, Fall 2021
Destination: Spain

Jose Alvarez - Gilman Scholar

Jose Alvarez
Gilman Scholar, Winter 2021
Destination: TBA

  • Ross Shenley, Summer 2017
  • Kathleen Korves, Spring 2009

Other Scholarship Recipients

  • Berufsbrücke (Career Bridge), February 2023

    The Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs is pleased to share that, through our partnership with the Goethe Institut, we promoted the Berufsbrücke (Career Bridge) opportunity for NOVA students interested in German language and Engineering and received a heartening response. Through this program, students will learn German language skills to be able to communicate comfortably in a work-related context. Additionally, they will develop career-specific language competencies, European business etiquette and a foundation for effective intercultural communication​. Partnered with a German ‘buddy,’ participants will gain practical insights into vocational training at different companies in Germany. Students will undertake a rigorous virtual German language component throughout the spring semester and will travel to Germany in the summer for a three-week long apprenticeship program.

    Initially expecting two or three placements, we were extremely pleased to receive 10! The following students were selected:

    • Nicholas Fonseca Alva
    • Adam Hammoudi
    • Jabed Hossen
    • Samuel Lewis
    • Jean-Pierre Manapsal
    • Delilah Saloman
    • Cayden Smedley
    • Ilyas Valiyev
    • Jean Warber
    • Lauren Yang
  • Community, Activism and Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) Program, February 2023

    Five NOVA students have been selected to participate in the Community, Activism and Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) Program, an eight-day guided program in Tunisia that is specifically for students of two-year institutions. Participants will be introduced to the world of advocacy and civil society organizations in and around Tunis through daily presentations, panel discussions, engagement with local peers, tours and community service. They will also interact with leading organizations, activists and community leaders on topics of civic engagement, sustainability, race and indigeneity, gender, migration and other critical global justice issues through a Tunisian and North African lens.

    This program is funded through Project Minah , a funding initiative that enables students enrolled in community colleges and other two-year degree programs to engage with peoples of the Middle East and North Africa through Amideast’s programs.

    The following is a list of names of our NOVA recipients:

    • Afrin Akhtar (Alexandria Campus)
    • Marmawite (Mariam) Debas (Annandale Campus)
    • Misa Layne (Alexandria Campus)
    • Nada Odeh (Annandale Campus)
    • Zaynab Mirza (unknown)

Other Notable Student Recognition

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Iyouel Endashaw

Iyouel Endashaw
Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship - U.S. Department of State, 2023