Ciara Stewart and Jordan Douglas Wheatley, WVU's 2020 Gilman Scholars. (WVU Photo)

WVU students awarded Gilman Scholarship to study in Brazil

Opportunities to broaden the scope of their health care studies and make global connections await West Virginia University’s most recent Gilman Scholars this year in Santarem, Brazil.

Ciara Stewart, a senior nursing student from Washington, Pennsylvania, plans to travel to with the School of Nursing and the Amizade Global Service Learning program for four weeks in April, gaining supervised clinical rotation experience while also learning Portuguese and reflecting on global citizenship in the health professions.

“The Gilman Scholarship will help me follow my passion,” Stewart said. “I feel very blessed to have parents who support what I want to do, and to have the opportunity to gain international experience and learn more about the healthcare system in Brazil.”

Jordan Douglas Wheatley, a senior exercise physiology student from Madison will be in Brazil for four months over the spring semester. Wheatley will volunteer part-time with local community organizations through the Amizade organization, while also completing his senior thesis and an internship in exercise and aquatic therapy practices.

“Becoming a doctor requires a deep understanding of your community,” Wheatley said. “Service abroad gives me the opportunity to get to know my community and make stronger connections in different places all over the world. It is connections like these that will make me the best doctor I can be.”

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship enables students to gain skills that are critical to the country’s national security and economic prosperity while gaining an enriching cultural and career-building experience.

“Education abroad is a critical component of higher education and this award gives students the resources to travel, when they otherwise might not have been able to,” said Cate Johnson, assistant director of the ASPIRE Office.

Students who are interested in applying for this or other nationally competitive scholarships can email aspire@mail.wvu.edu for an appointment.

Applicants for the Gilman Scholarship are certified by the Office of Global Affairs and Financial Aid.

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