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Gateway Student awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

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Samuel Essien, Desert Palms Elementary School

Carlos Guadarrama, a business major, is one of five GateWay Community College students to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Over 250 undergraduate students from 140 colleges and universities across the U.S. were selected. Guadarrama will study the current business, economic and entrepreneurial environment of Japan and South Korea.

“This will be an incredible journey,” says Guadarrama.  “I wish to study abroad to expand my mind and personal abilities. I never thought I would have this opportunity.”

Gateway Student awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 480x246Guadarrama is the first in his family to attend college. Growing up, Guadarrama’s goals of studying abroad and becoming a successful business owner were often met with skepticism.

“I thought I was wedged into a space with no options other than just going to school, work and home,” says Guadarrama. “That’s basically what my parents, friends and others would tell me. If I wanted to become famous, I was a dreamer. If I wanted to become a business owner, I was unrealistic. Not only do I want to prove them wrong, I want to show them and others that it’s possible to go beyond your comfort zone, break personal barriers and achieve your dreams.”

Guadarrama is enrolled in international trade and beginning Japanese Conversation courses this summer in Fukuoka, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea.  The program includes online classes May 25-June 6. Travel dates are June 7-July 1.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs.  The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad.  Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Information sessions for the Study Abroad program are offered at GateWay Community College on March 22, from 3 to 4 p.m., Room IE2213.

The application deadline for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is March 1, 2016. The application deadline for the GateWay International Educational Scholarship for Prague is April 1, 2016. For more information, visit or contact Program Director Heidi Hutchins, or (602) 286-8931.