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SILLC Global Award Recipients


2017 SILLC Global Award Recipient Chelsea Elizabeth Forer

Being a 2017 recipient of the SILLC Global Award is a great honor. This prestigious award has provided many students the capability to explore their academic interests and personal travel dreams in the unique setting of study abroad, and I am more than thrilled to be joining their ranks. This summer, I will be traveling with Arizona in Bhutan: Spiritual Ecology and Himalayan Buddhism to the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the Kingdom of Bhutan. This study abroad program is an incredibly rare opportunity, and one I would not have experienced within my lifetime without the University of Arizona study abroad programs and the financial assistance provided by the generous donors of the SILLC Global Award. Please accept my most sincere appreciation and gratitude for affording me this opportunity. It is my great desire to one day become a full member of the global community, and taking part in this trip marks the first step towards achieving that goal. The opportunity to learn outside of the classroom setting, fully immersed within a culture and environment unfamiliar to our own, is how I believe we grow as both scholars and individuals. Being a recipient of this travel award means that these life-altering opportunities are accessible and worth pursuing.

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Chelsea Elizabeth Forer is majoring in Religious Studies and Biological Anthropology at the University of Arizona. 

2017 SILLC Global Award Recipient Daniel Fitzsimmons

I am incredibly indebted to the SILLC Scholarship committee and all the donors involved in deciding to give me this wonderful award. As with the other recipients of this award, I am incredibly grateful for all the support these donors have decided to offer to students who wish to study abroad in other nations and their efforts to further both students’ career options and knowledge of nations besides our own. I hope to make full use of the opportunity now provided to me when I begin my study abroad next semester. My intended study abroad location is in Tokyo, Japan and I will be studying at Tokyo International University. This university is a very popular choice for international students from a variety of nations including the United States and China. When I study abroad here, I hope to not only further my own major studies, but also get to know students from a variety of countries. This study abroad program will help me complete the second half of my double major as I am currently majoring in Economics and East Asian Studies (Japanese Language Intensive). Thank you again to all the wonderful donors and members of the SILLC Scholarship program and I hope to make your efforts worthwhile next semester. 

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Daniel Fitzsimmons is majoring in East Asian Studies and Economics at the University of Arizona. 

2017 SILLC Global Award Recipient Jennifer Marine

First and foremost, I would like to thank the SILLC Committee and donors for making this scholarship, and my dream of studying abroad, a reality. The generous committee has made my summer trip to Paris through the Arizona in Paris program possible. I am looking forward to fully immersing myself in both the culture and the langue through the homestay and classes taught abroad. Through this program, I will be not only fulfilling a lifelong goal, but both of my majors – French and Art History. Pursing a Ph.D. in Art History, and French art in particular, has been a long-term professional goal of mine. This requires fluency in a language and original research which are what I will be working on abroad. I can’t express how excited I am to visit world famous museums, a historic city, and improve my fluency in a language that I love. I am entirely grateful to grow both professionally and personally while experiencing French culture and all that is has to offer through the generosity of the SILLC Committee and donors. Merci beaucoup! 

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Jennifer Marine is majoring in French and Art History at the University of Arizona. 


2016 SILLC Global Award Recipient JJ Bercel

The SILLC Committee has my utmost gratitude for awarding me with this tremendous opportunity. To all the donors, thank you for helping this scholarship thrive  and supporting students, like myself, to study abroad and immerse themselves in their passions. Thanks to this award I will be traveling to India through the UA Study Abroad Program Arizona in India: Religion and Life in Mysore during the Summer of 2016. I will be traveling to southern regions in India around Mysore taking upper division research courses where I will be learning how to conduct religious studies fieldwork and do research of my own. This will help me in preparation for graduate work and graduate school focused on neuropsychology and religion. I am very excited to be going abroad! Before I even filled out my college applications I knew I wanted to study abroad and now I have the opportunity. This trip will help to show me different religions outside of a classroom in an entirely different culture. In my pursuit of graduate school in Clinical Psychology I was told that before telling someone how to live their life, you have to live your own. I am going to do just that! Thank you!

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JJ Bercel is majoring in Religious Studies and Neuroscience & Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona

2016 SILLC Global Award Recipient Rachel Dieman

I am extremely grateful to the awarding committee and gracious donors of the the SILLC global award fund. Thanks to this scholarship, I am able to spend the entire summer of 2016 in Moscow, Russia, with an excursion in St. Petersburg. While in Russia I will be gaining important language and cultural experience which is not only critical for my major in Russian, but also will enrich my life as a whole. I will be studying in an intensive language program called GRINT at Moscow Humanities University. This experience will be greatly beneficial to my education and future, and I am very excited to begin this adventure. Thank you again to everyone involved in the SILLC global award for making this dream a reality of mine.

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Rachel Dieman is majoring in Russian and Political Science at the University of Arizona

2016 SILLC Global Award Recipient Rachel Van Nostrand

This summer, I will be studying for five weeks at the University of Antilles in Fort-de-France, Martinique. Thanks to the generosity of the SILLC Global Award Fund, I will be working towards my major in Political Science: Foreign Affairs, as I learn about Caribbean culture, literature, and politics. In addition, I will be staying with a local family in order work towards my double major in French, and improve my language proficiency with native speakers. I look forward to immersing myself in an entirely new culture, with the opportunity to work towards both of my majors simultaneously. In between classes and time spent with my host family, I will be going on excursions to historical sites and relaxing on paradisiac beaches. I feel so grateful for this experience, as it will enable me to pursue my goal of working for an international organization like the United Nations which requires both foreign experience and fluency in multiple languages. I am honored to have been chosen for this award, and I would again like to thank the donors of this scholarship for ensuring my future success. Merci beaucoup! 

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Rachel Van Nostrand is majoring in French and Political Science (Foreign Affairs) at the University of Arizona


2015 SILLC Global Award Recipient Andrea Maynard

This next academic school year I will be studying Linguistics at Leipzig University in Germany. I wish to thank the generous donors of the SILLC Global Award Fund, as well as the award committee, for making this possible. With your support, I will be spending an entire year mastering my German and studying Linguistics at an incredible university known for its history, linguistics program, and connection to the Max Planck Institutes. Not only will this experience be crucial to my German Studies and Linguistics double major, but it will help prepare me for my graduate studies at a German university. Thank you for supporting not only my year abroad, but for helping me along my professional and academic path. I am honored to have been chosen for this award and hope to one day be able to return the favor by supporting other young people in their academic pursuits abroad. Thank you!

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Andrea Maynard is majoring in German Studies and Linguistics at the University of Arizona

2015 SILLC Global Award Recipient Laura Penalver

I am extremely thankful to everyone in the SILLC Committee for awarding me my very first (hopefully of more to come) study abroad scholarship. Thanks to this generous contribution to my academic career, I will be studying abroad in Kobe, Japan for the 2015-16 academic year. While there I will be taking intensive Japanese language courses, as well as culture-focused courses that will enhance my knowledge about the beauties of Japanese literature, history, and tradition. The program I will be a part of contains numerous excursions to historical sites around Japan, including shrines and temples in Kyoto and Nara. What I am most excited about is the chance to really immerse myself in the life of a Japanese student, by having the opportunity of a home-stay experience for the entirety of the year. After studying abroad I will take one more class in Japanese, and be done with my EAS major. I plan to stay another two years to complete my English and Global Studies major, and hopefully graduate with honors. I have a lot of plans for the future, among which are applying for a Fulbright grant, work as a Foreign Service Officer abroad in Japan, and/or teach English in Japan and other countries. Studying abroad is a critical step to achieving some of these goals, and I am beyond ecstatic to be able to go without fearing greater financial burden, thanks to this scholarship. 

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Laura Penalver is majoring in East Asian Studies, Global Studies and English at the University of Arizona


2014 SILLC Global Award Recipient Benjamin Horn

Gratitude is not enough to express the amount of joy that I have. I am blessed to say that through the efforts of donators of the SILLC Global Award Committee, I will have the opportunity to travel abroad to Leipzig, Germany. While in Leipzig, I will be taking courses that center around conversing readings of old and new Germanic text, writing, and immersing ourselves in both the German language and culture through conversations. I will further immerse myself while in Leipzig by performing summer research within the medical community and outlook on current practices within palliative care. This will be my first time studying abroad. I am both nervous and excited for these wonderful opportunities. While the goal of this trip is to expand my current knowledge of the German language and culture in fulfillment of my degree, I hope that my work on the medical outlook of palliative care will awaken further passion for my interest in pursuing a career in medicine. This is an experience that I will not soon forget, but until then, ‘Auf Wiedersehen!‘

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Benjamin Horn is majoring in German Studies and Biology at the University of Arizona

2014 SILLC Global Award Recipient Christopher Burr

Thanks to the generosity of everyone in the SILLC committee, I will be spending my 2014 summer session in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal. The program divides in to two 4-week sessions in each location. While in Paris, I will be studying not only the French language but also Francophone cultures through literature and film. Then, during my stay in Dakar, I will be studying African society through contemporary literature as well as taking a course in the Wolof language. I am very thankful for this award as it will help me towards my goal in improving my French and slowly complete my major in French. I hope that this award not only allows me to improve in language, but also help me to immerse myself in the cultures that I will be with over the course of my summer study. I am very excited for this opportunity and I thank again everyone who forms part of the SILLC Award. Thank you.

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Christopher Burr is majoring in Global Studies, Italian, and French with a Portuguese minor at the University of Arizona


2013 SILLC Global Award Recipient Brandon Keith Day in Montpellier, France

Thanks to the generous donations of the SILLC committee, I will be spending my Fall 2013 semester studying French in Montpellier, France. This program combines a pre-stage session, with excursions around Southern France with international students and a French language refresher course, followed by a semester exchange program. While there, I will take both RI courses with international students and integrated courses within Paul-Valery Montpellier 3 in French linguistics, phonetics, and culture in an effort to improve my spoken and written French to native fluency. I am very gracious to the award committee for this opportunity, as this abroad experience will build on my current French foundation and allow me to take many courses towards completion of the major. Additionally, as a triple-major in French, Psychology, and Philosophy, I hope to use this experience to connect with a French professor to sponsor me on a Fulbright Fellowship that I plan to apply for upon graduation. This experience is integral to my on-going educational experience and I am honored to be a recipient and am looking forward to this opportunity!

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Brandon Keith Day is majoring in French, Psychology, and Philosophy at the University of Arizona

2013 SILLC Global Award Recipient Drew Miller in Leipzig, Germany

In June 2013, I will have the opportunity to study abroad for five weeks in Leipzig, Germany thanks to the SILLC Global Award. While in Germany, I will take a course centering on daily meetings, conversation, reading, and writing in the German language. It will be my first time abroad, and I look forward to experiencing the culture and language immersion. The program also includes weekend excursions to surrounding cities for local events. I hope this trip allows me to expand my knowledge of the German people and leads to further traveling abroad. 

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Drew Miller is majoring in German Studies and Communication at the University of Arizona


2012 SILLC Global Award Recipient Raquel Carranza in Lebanon

Thanks to the generosity of the SILLC Global Award, I was able to study abroad in Lebanon during the summer of 2012. During my time in Lebanon I participated in Lebanese American University’s Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture in Beirut, Lebanon. I also studied at the University of Balamand in North Lebanon where I further developed my Arabic skills. Throughout my time I also had the opportunity to visit many attractions including the Jeita Grotto and the Roman Ruins at Baalbek.

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2012 SILLC Global Award Recipient Emily Soriano in Italy

All thanks to the SILLC Global Fund Award, I am currently studying in Orvieto, Italy, a small town in the Umbria region. It is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Here, I am enrolled in credits towards both of my majors - psychology and Italian. I am also involved in an Italian internship, which allows me to tie my two (very different) passions together, by studying and comparing family interactions in both Italian and American families by speaking with the local Italians. With this program, led by UA, we have the incredible opportunity to take biweekly excursions to various historical and archaeological sites within Italy. The history of Italy and Europe is truly inspiring. I also recently returned from a trip to Greece and Turkey - another great advantage of studying in Europe! I hope to grow and learn much more in my remaining time studying abroad in Italy, and am excited to share what I have learned with my fellow students upon my return to the UA!

Thank you for everything - I am very grateful!


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