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Five Greyhounds win Gilman Scholarships to study abroad for summer 2021

Loyola University Maryland

March 12, 2021


Five Loyola University Maryland students—Madison Burns, ’22, Layla Horeff, ’22, Alexandra Lijewski, ’22, Mark Rose, ’22, and Jormaly N. Ruiz Sierra, ’22—have each been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to support their study abroad experiences during summer 2021.

“In this pandemic time, the value and promise of international experiences are heightened as we all long to return to the time of freedom of travel,” said Maiju Lehmijoki Wetzel, Ph.D., director of pre-health programs and national fellowships at Loyola. “I applaud all Gilman students for their optimism and flexibility at this time. Receiving a Gilman Scholarship is a major award, and I have a feeling that receiving this kind of recognition will inspire students for many years to come even with these very times being so uncertain in regard to international experiences.”

Burns is a finance major with a dual minor in information systems and writing from Woodbury, Conn., who plans to use her Gilman Scholarship to study in Barcelona, Spain, this summer. She looks forward to improving her Spanish-speaking skills in a professional setting and learning about finance in an international setting.

“A full immersion in the Spanish culture will help me hone my Spanish-speaking skills,” said Burns, who is involved in Loyola’s professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and the Financial Management Association. “The exposure to new cultures and people will provide me with challenges to take me out of my comfort zone. This will result in greater confidence to live and work wherever my career takes me.”