Other Eckerd 2021 Gilman Scholars include: Paula Areces-Criado, a junior marine science student from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, who will travel to Australia in Spring 2022; Abigail “Abby” Baumgard, a sophomore marine science student from Morgantown, Pennsylvania, who will travel to Australia in Spring 2022; Cameron Dasher, a junior biology, anthropology and environmental studies student from Akron, Ohio, who will travel to Colombia in Fall 2021; Joy Ebert, a junior psychology student from Falmouth, Kentucky, who will travel to Argentina in Fall 2021; and Isabella Faiello, a first-year international business student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who will travel to Italy in Fall 2021.
Cameron came to Eckerd College because of an interest in ethnobotany and applied for the Gilman Scholarship as a way to afford the research abroad opportunities his vocation requires. “I hope to connect with the local [Colombian] community, joining their discussions as a participator rather than an observer. And whenever time permits, I hope to study the local farming, architecture, archaeology, and natural environments,” Cameron explained.
This year, more than 1,500 undergraduate students became Gilman Scholars when the awards were announced May 18. They represent 467 U.S. colleges and all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. These Gilman Scholars will study or intern in 96 countries through the end of 2022.
Abby counts herself glad to be in the number for 2021. “Winning this support to study abroad means a lot to me because it made doing a semester abroad accessible to me,” she said. “Without this support I would most likely not be able to go.”