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
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."
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
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