Bergen Community College student Erin Moran has earned a $2,500 U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic during the spring 2019 academic term.
Moran, of Kearny, a second-year student at Bergen, will study at the University of New York in Prague. She chose this university because the credits transfer back to Bergen and is particularly excited to take a photography class.
“I want to study abroad because I love to travel and learn about other cultures,” she said. “I’m eager to get out of my comfort zone and have new experiences, including learning a new language.”
A professional studies major, Moran plans to one day pursue a career as an information technology project manager. She is expected to graduate from Bergen in fall 2019 and hopes to continue her studies at Rutgers University or the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Moran has previously served as the vice president of the College’s honors association and as a senator in student government.
“I chose to attend Bergen because I wasn’t sure what path I wanted to follow,” she said. “Bergen has really helped me to grow as a person.”
In addition to the Gilman scholarship, Moran has also received awards from the Bergen Community College Foundation, the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) and the Fund for Education Abroad, totaling $13,500.
Since 2011, 13 Bergen students have earned the Gilman scholarship. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program, administered by the Institute of International Education, aims to diversify students who study and intern abroad as well as the countries and regions they visit.
“The Gilman award has helped students pay for some of their study abroad costs not covered by financial aid, such as airfare, room and board,” said Bergen International Student Counselor Amparo Codding. “Without this money, students may not have enough funds to cover all of their expenses.”
Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, more than 89,000 applications have been received and more than 25,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.