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Farida Hosaini Earns a Prestigious Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad in Hungary

Published January 06, 2020

Nazareth College sophomore Farida Hosaini is studying abroad in Hungary in the spring 2020 semester with the help of a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State.

Hosaini plans to study at the University of Pecs in Hungary. She's a global studies major, with minors in music and studio art.

"I am very fortunate to have received the Gilman scholarship and I see this award more like a beautiful opportunity," said Hosaini. "As I am the first in my family to go to a four-year school, receiving this scholarship truly means the world to me because without it I would not be able to study overseas. This scholarship will enable me to focus more on my studies and make meaningful connections and memories rather than worrying about struggling financially."

Hosaini is part of Nazareth Student Access and Achievement Programs that supports students from diverse backgrounds.

While she is studying abroad, her plan is to travel in Hungary and European countries, go to many on and off-campus events to connect with the Hungarian culture, people, and music, and overall adapt to living and studying in a new environment away from her hometown and family.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 toward their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas. The Gilman Scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 25,000 outstanding Americans to engage in a meaningful educational experience abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.

The late Congressman Gilman, for whom the scholarship is named, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, "Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community."

The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).


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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.

Sophomore Farida Hosaini earns prestigious Gilman Scholarship to study in Hungary in spring 2020.