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Rutgers–Camden Students Earn Gilman Scholarships

Three Rutgers–Camden students, Claudia Black, You You Jiang and Jaclyn Barber, have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Named in honor of the longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Gilman Scholarship awards students $5,000 to study abroad and participate in international internships. All recipients are required to carry out a “Follow-on Service Project” that promotes international education and the Gilman Scholarship Program at the students’ home institutions or in their home communities.

Black, a senior political science major in the dual B.A./M.P.A. program, is currently studying women’s rights and community service in Ghana. Now entering the final week of the program, Black participated in a series of seminars, followed by an internship at a local nonprofit agency. During her internship, Black has learned about the many challenges that women in Ghana face on a daily basis, as well as the efforts that various organizations are carrying out to improve the lives of millions of women, many who have been victims of sexual or gender violence, or who are refugees of violence. “It’s been a very interesting experience, one that I hope will guide me into my work as a future political scientist,” says Black, who graduated from high school in her native Colombia in 1992.

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