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Texas Tech Gilman Scholars Receive Nearly $50,000 for Study Abroad

Amanda Castro-Crist

June 10, 2019

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The funds will help 15 students study around the world this summer.

Summer is a popular time for students to study abroad, and Red Raiders are no exception. This year, 15 students, including several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors, have been awarded nearly $50,000 in scholarships from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

The program, administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, works to increase the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. More than 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman scholars to nearly 150 countries around the globe. Since 2013, more than 80 Texas Tech students have received scholarships from the program.

"We are very proud of our Gilman scholarship recipients – this year and every year," said Sukant Misra, vice provost for International Affairs. "The Gilman Scholarship Program provides students who may not otherwise participate the opportunity to study abroad. Promotion of the Gilman scholarship is one way we support diversity and inclusion as we implement education abroad programs for Red Raiders."

Texas Tech was recently recognized as a Gilman Top-Producing Institute for its success in increasing the number of students sent overseas in 2017-18.

"The recognition we received earlier this spring was for 'Greatest Growth' in STEM Students," said Whitney Longnecker, director of Study Abroad at Texas Tech. "Ten awardees and one of the alternates this year are from the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering. There also is an architecture student named as an alternate. We are excited to see the number of STEM students from Texas Tech recognized continues to stay strong."

Below is the list of Texas Tech students named Gilman Scholars for summer 2019.


  • Joshua Ambriz, a junior mechanical engineering major from Harlingen; TTU Center in Sevilla in Sevilla, Spain.
  • Carla Barnes, a freshman global studies from Killeen; Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, sponsored by the American Institute for Foreign Study.
  • Caleb Cash, a sophomore global studies major from Lubbock; Summer Arabic Program in Amman, Jordan.
  • Brandon Conwell, a senior mechanical engineering major from Leander; International Internship in Tokyo, Japan, sponsored by CRCC Asia.
  • Keira Eynon, a junior human sciences major from White Oak; Pre-Health Abroad in Pavia, Italy.
  • Andres Garcia, a junior foundational engineering major from Plainview; Math in Italy in Benevento, Italy.
  • Malfred Koryor , a senior industrial engineering major from Dallas; International Internship for Engineers in Cordoba, Argentina, sponsored by Blas Pascual University.
  • Kaevyn Maple, a junior global studies major from Lancaster; Korea University: Korean Language and Electives in English – Summer in Seoul, South Korea, sponsored by International Studies Abroad.
  • Ana Moreno, a senior foundational engineering major from Laredo; Maynooth University: Engineering – Summer in Maynooth, in Maynooth, Ireland.
  • Daniella Munoz, a senior university studies major from McKinney; Sociology Study Abroad program at the TTU Center in Sevilla in Sevilla, Spain.
  • Chioma Ogbata, a senior nutritional sciences major from Houston; Honors College in Sevilla in Sevilla, Spain.
  • Alexis Palomarez, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Missouri City; International Internship in Osaka, Japan, sponsored by CRCC Asia.
  • Bradley Vela Pichardo, a senior mechanical engineering major from Farmers Branch; International Internship for Engineers in Brazil in Curitaba, Brazil, sponsored by the Brazilian Experience.
  • Kai Summerall, a junior environmental engineering major from Frisco; Center for Himalayan Environment & Development Studies in Para, Bhutan, sponsored by the School for Field Studies.
  • Malik White-Williams, a junior political science major from Lubbock; International Internship in Dublin, Ireland, sponsored by Global Experiences.