Leadership Profile

Student Going to Costa Rica on Gilman Scholarship

Senior Spanish major Michelle Cygan ’13 has earned a 2012 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, marking the second year in a row that a Cedar Crest College student has received one of these prestigious awards for study abroad. She will spend four weeks this summer studying at Universidad de Costa Rica and experiencing the culture of the Central American country.

Michelle Cygan

The single and working mother from Bethlehem will arrive in Costa Rica on June 28 and live with a host family. She will have class four days a week, and participate in planned excursions to Poas Volcano National Park & La Paz Waterfalls, Tortuga Island, the National Museum, and the National Theater, among scenic and interesting destinations.

“It has been my dream to study abroad, because there is so much value in traveling to different parts of the world. Without this scholarship, it would’ve been extremely difficult for me to make this trip a reality while also meeting the needs of my family while I am gone,” said Cygan, a Spanish and secondary education major. “Needless to say, winning the Gilman Scholarship has been a great honor and a humbling experience for me, and I will make the most out of every minute of it.”

Students are encouraged to check into Gilman Scholarships this summer through the Office of Global Initiatives and International Programs.

“That Cedar Crest has had two winners in the past year should encourage other students to apply for this great opportunity,” said Jenny Weatherford, director of global initiatives and international programs. “The sooner students come and talk to me about their interest in study abroad, the better chance we have of finding the program that is the best fit for them, and the sooner students start working on their Gilman applications, the better chance they have of receiving a scholarship. Two of the three students who have applied have received one.”

For information send email to Jenny.Weatherford@cedarcrest.edu, or call 610-606, 4666, ext. 4551.