UK College of Design student awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (February 11, 2022) — Kentucky College of Design student Erik Osorio-Cruz received the award Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship study abroad this summer. The scholarship will fund study in Florence, Italy for the major in Architecture.

The Gilman Fellowship is a congressional funded fellowship sponsored by the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the United States Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.

The scholarship supports students who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, including but not limited to students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as science and engineering, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. .

Winners are chosen through a competitive selection process and must use the award to cover tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

Osorio-Cruz is excited about the opportunities the Gilman Fellowship will make possible in the advancement of his studies.

“I chose architecture as my major because I’m interested in drawing and design. I always wondered how a building could be a work of art or a sculpture. This major can impact the future and societies and I want to be one of them who can make a difference in the world through design.

Osorio-Cruz graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. In the UK, he is pursuing his Bachelor of Architecture to deepen his understanding of design. Osorio-Cruz participated as Ambassador of the UK College of Design, Secretary of the UK National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMAS) and Fellow of the American Institute of UK Architecture Students. He credits his mentor Ruth González Jiménez, a specialist in the Latin American student community at the Martin Luther King Center in the United Kingdom, for the reason he is still in school and for teaching him to be a good student.

Upon completion of her undergraduate degree from the School of Architecture, Osorio-Cruz plans to continue her education and apply for graduate school.

the Office of Nationally Competitive Pricing helps current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni to apply for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a non-governmental foundation or government agency) outside the university. These awards honor outstanding students across the country. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to start working with the office, located in the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, well before the scholarship deadline. Staff are available for in-person and virtual appointments to discuss opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year and beyond.

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