UConn Gilman Recipients

Over the years, UConn students have been successful in being awarded this national scholarship. Read more about our recipients below.

March 2023 Recipients

Rebekah Bacon

Rebekah Bacon, Psychology '25

Summer Interdisciplinary Ethnography Field School in Flic en Flac, Mauritius

Advice for future applicants:

The advice that I would give is that it's worth it. Even if you spend more money than you'd like to, you can't buy back the time to go back and do it. Although you still have to be smart with your spending, an experience like this is oftentimes a once in a lifetime opportunity. Plus, there are scholarships like Gilman which can help out with that.

Zarria Bethea

Zarria Bethea, Allied Health Science '24

ISI Florence in Florence, Italy

Advice for future applicants:

When applying for the Gilman Scholarship, the overall diversity of students abroad can continue to increase on a national level - helping many improve their education. Their mission is to serve as a support system for those who have been historically underrepresented, that may face financial constraints. The Gilman is a life-changing resource that can certainly help in participating, and I highly recommend applying! I strongly encourage students to study abroad because as mentioned before: it impacts worldly perspectives, you will have the opportunity to work with diverse peers in a new environment, learn to respect other cultures, and even communicate in different languages - if needed. With that being said, if you are interested in going, go for it! Remember to always remain open-minded.

Kayla Dubbs

Kayla Dubbs, Environmental Science '24

The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy

Advice for future applicants:

In terms of studying abroad, just know it’s never too late to decide. I didn’t decide to study abroad until late into my junior year. It helps to plan early, but it won’t make or break your experience. As for the Gilman Scholarship, make sure you work with the advisors and start early. I definitely wouldn’t have been awarded this scholarship if I hadn’t. I revised multiple drafts of my essays until the advisors deemed them fit of Gilman criteria.

Valerie Duque

Valerie Duque, Psychological Sciences '24

Neuroscience in Salamanca Spain

Advice for future applicants: 

I would say to believe in yourself when applying to Gilman. I know a lot of people that don’t bother applying because they think they can’t get it. But if you don't at least try, you’ll never know. I was unsure at first when applying, but I reached out to EGL advisors and previous recipients of Gilman for help. I applied in October and got waitlisted, and although that did discourage me a little I decided to reapply. I worked on my essays more and tried again for the March deadline because I knew that I had a chance.

Amy Eweka

Amy Eweka, Psychology '24

University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany

Advice for future applicants:

Never shy away from new experiences, especially those in which you can learn new skills.

Sarah Khouja

Sarah Khouja, Elementary Education '25

Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy

Advice for future applicants:

I would advise students applying to Gilman or studying abroad in general to be completely authentic and exhibit intersectionality to make meaning out of your time abroad!

Alexandra Luhrs

Alexandra Luhrs, Nursing '24

End-of-Life Palliative Care at the University of Arteveldehogeschool in Ghent, Belgium

Advice for future applicants:

If you are even a little interested in studying abroad, apply! It can be difficult to travel and get to see the world while we are in college, but UConn offers us so many opportunities with study abroad programs. Financial support is available as well through the Gilman Scholarship, EGL scholarships and many more. It can be a huge step out of your comfort zone, but it is so worth it!

Yelena Muralles

Yelena Muralles, International Relations and French '25

Lund University in Lund, Sweden

Advice for future applicants:

In addition to planning and research, my advice for students interested in studying abroad or applying to the Gilman Scholarship is to embrace independence and take risks! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and explore new cultures and perspectives. Living and studying in a foreign country can be challenging, but it also offers tremendous opportunities for personal growth and development. We often live in a bubble, but studying abroad allows us to break out of that and experience the world in a new and exciting way. So, go for it and seize the chance to expand your horizon.

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy, Paleontology as Outreach and Education '24

South African Field Ecology in Entabeni Game Reserve, South Africa

Advice for future applicants:

Try not to be intimidated by the prospect - follow your heart, no matter where in this incredible world it takes you.

Kasidy Quiles

Kasidy Quiles, Allied Health Sciences '23

Neuroscience in Salamanca, Spain

Advice for future applicant:

Do. Your. Research! Look up cultural norms, eating schedules, dressing attire, technology, language, things you want to do while you're there, currency... everything. Talk to your program professors as much as you can because their job is to help you succeed and feel comfortable while studying abroad. Talk to other people who have studied abroad and get their insight or speak with people you know outside of school who have experienced your country first hand. When applying the scholarship, prepare in advance so that you have time to finish the application to your fullest potential.


Julio Tozetto

Julio Tozetto, Natural Resources '25

OTS African Ecology & Conservation in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Advice for future applicants:

Go for it and take a leap, you're only in college once so take advantage of the resources EGL provides you to go abroad.

October 2022 Recipients
March 2022 Recipients