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CCNY duo wins Gilman International Scholarships

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CCNY's latest Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars, from left, Seher Ali and Oneika Pryce.

Winter break for City College of New York undergraduates Seher Ali and Oneika Pryce this time around means three weeks in Jordan and Senegal, respectively, as Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars.  The two students are recipients of the competitive national award that provides support for overseas travel and research.

A junior majoring in biotechnology in City College’s Division of Science, Ali travels to Amman, Jordan, on Dec. 28 for a stint studying Arabic at the Qasid Institute.  

The Brooklyn resident grew up in Pakistan speaking Urdu, a language whose alphabet is similar to Arabic. Ali, who’s minoring in Arabic, has two semesters of the language behind her at CCNY.

She plans to pursue a medical career, specializing in either neurology or oncology.  

The Gilman Scholarship adds to Ali’s other academic honors garnered at CCNY. They include the NAACP’s Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship -- which is another highly competitive national award – and the
Chancellor’s Global Scholarship for Study Abroad from the City University of New York.

Pryce is a senior in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership’s international studies program, where her concentration is development. She’s minoring in French.

The Queens resident, who was born in New York of Jamaican immigrant parents, will spend her time as a Gilman Scholar working in rural Senegalese   communities learning ecologically sustainable development practices.  She’ll also volunteer at health centers.

Pryce, who has studied French and Arabic at CCNY, plans a career in international development and human rights.

Like Ali, she also counts a Chancellor’s Global Scholarship for Study Abroad among her other academic honors.

About the Benjamin A. Gilman Program
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its role at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility indexThis measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight professional schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself.  View CCNY Media Kit.



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