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Gilman scholarship enables nursing student to explore U.S.-Finland health system differences

Published September 26, 2023

A prestigious scholarship enabled Nazareth nursing and public health student Thelma Burgos to go to Finland to explore its health care system and what could improve the United States’ approach.

Her short-term study abroad experience at Finland’s Laurea University in May was supported by a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. State Department.

“Exploring the healthcare system and cultural differences between Finland and the U.S. can provide valuable insights into how different societies approach healthcare and address drug abuse issues,” said Burgos ’25. “Learning about the people and their culture adds another layer of understanding and appreciation.” 

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program enables American undergraduate students with high financial need to study or intern abroad through scholarships of up to $5,000. Since its inception in 2001, the Gilman program has provided access and opportunity to study abroad for more than 41,000 exceptional U.S. undergraduate students, who have gained skills critical to their personal and professional development.

Nazareth students interested in determining their eligibility to apply for a Gilman scholarship to study abroad can contact Kathy Hansen in the Center for International Education at

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