February 28, 201
Jocelyn Diaz, a junior from Reisterstown, Md. has earned a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Dijon, France, this summer. She is the fifth McDaniel College student to receive the prestigious award.
A triple major in Business Administration, Accounting Economics and French, Diaz is among 850 recipients from across the nation selected for a Gilman and will receive a $2,500 scholarship. She plans to study at the International Center for French Studies (CIEF) at the University of Burgundy for 12 weeks during the summer of 2017, where she will take courses while fulfilling Gilman-required volunteer and service projects.
“Cooking is one of my hobbies, and one of the things that interests me the most about Dijon is the thriving gastronomy for which it’s known, specifically Dijon mustard,” says Diaz, who is already fluent in Spanish and English. “To me, learning a language doesn’t only mean learning the grammar of it; learning about the culture where the language comes from is also really important. Being in France for 12 weeks will give me the chance to immerse myself in the French and the European culture.”
The Gilman International Scholarship Program, sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides grants to U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the group of students who study abroad and their destinations, and prepares students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and independent world.