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Two Nazareth students study abroad as Gilman scholars

Published January 14, 2022

Two Nazareth College students looking to enrich their future careers in education are traveling to France and Austria in spring 2022 with the help of Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State. 

Elyse Yanusas ‘24, a sophomore majoring in French, history, and inclusive adolescence education, will spend the spring 2022 semester studying in Rennes, France at Rennes 2 University, the largest center for research and higher education in the fields of human and social sciences in western France. She plans to focus on her language development in French and to immerse herself in the culture. 

“I am excited to practice my French every day and strengthen my capabilities,” she says. “I am going into this experience with an open mind, ready to embrace the unknown and unfamiliar. Hopefully this experience will improve my French and it will foster a sense of compassion and understanding needed in my career.” 

Min Gonzalez ‘23 is a junior majoring in music education and cello performance. He will use the Gilman scholarship toward a short-term study abroad experience to Austria for three weeks in May-June 2022, including visits to famed locations like Salzburg and Melk Abbey. Gonzalez says he plans to enrich his character and broaden his everyday perspectives through the experience, and, “I hope that these travels will reinforce my knowledge of western music history to supplement my roles as a performer and future music educator.” 

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 34,000 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 (ECA) and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).



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.

Elyse Yanusas (left) and Min Gonzalez are Nazareth's latest Gilman scholars.