Scholarships support Oregon State students studying in Morocco, Bolivia and India

Audrey Ali

Audrey Ali

Natalie Leon

Natalie Leon

Mara Rutherford

Mara Rutherford

Marwah Al-Jilani

Marwah Al-Jilani

Four Oregon State University students have received support to study overseas in the spring 2016 term from a scholarship program administered by the U.S. Department of State.

Audrey Ali of Bend and Marwah Al-Jilani of Portland will focus on the challenges shaping the Arab world at the School for International Training in Rabat, Morocco. They are both majoring in political science and will participate in a Multiculturalism and Human Rights program. Their topics will include authoritarian rule, democratic transition, economic liberalization, Islamic movements and constitutional reforms following the 2011 Arab Spring.

Natalie Leon of Tualatin will do clinical observations of pediatrics in La Paz and Tarija, Bolivia, through Child Family Health International. She is majoring in microbiology and plans to become a doctor.

Mara Rutherford of Bandon will travel to Loni, India, to observe health care at clinics and hospitals and trainings for women’s empowerment through the Center for Social Medicine. She will shadow doctors and nurses, tour mobile and online health-care facilities and study tribal communities.

The students received up to $8,000 from the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship, named for the congressman from New York who served as the chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee. Gilman retired in 2002.

The Gilman Scholarship, which supports diversity in education, is administered at Oregon State by the Prestigious Scholarships program. The full list of students who have been selected to receive scholarships next spring is available from the Institute of International Education.

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