Gannon University Student Selected for State Department Scholarship

Posted: May 17, 2013

Gannon University student Katelyn Przybyszewski, a junior and physician assistant major, is one of more than 700 outstanding American undergraduate students from 270 colleges and universities who have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to participate in a study abroad or international internship program during the summer 2013 academic term. Przybyszewski, the first Gannon student to be selected for a Gilman Scholarship will be studying at Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile for eight weeks. She will be living in Viña del Mar, about eight miles north of Valparaíso, with a Chilean host family.

"My mission this summer is to fully immerse myself in the Spanish language and Chilean culture," Przybyszewski says. "In my future career as a physician assistant, I plan to improve the healthcare experience for the growing Hispanic population of the U.S. by using my knowledge of language and culture to connect with Spanish-speaking patients. Service is also very important to me, and I will be volunteering while in Chile. As a recipient of the Gilman, it is an incredible honor to know that an international scholarship program supports me in my mission to evoke positive change in the world."

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Positive change was the motivating principal behind the Gilman Scholarship Program, which was established by the State Department to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

"I know Katelyn very well, beginning with her participation in Footsteps, a high school youth retreat in Erie, and as her advisor in the physician assistant program for the past three years," said Holly K. Jodon, associate professor, physician assistant program. "She is an excellent student who has a true heart for service and for the Lord. Katelyn is an ideal student to represent Gannon as a Gilman Scholar and as a student ambassador to Chile. "

Przybyszewski will document her experiences in Chile on her blog at kshibz.tumblr.com.

Since the establishment of the Gilman International Scholarship Program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 13,000 students nationwide have received this prestigious award. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship program visit www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.