The USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassador Scholarship was established in 2017 to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding motivation and determination to pursue gap year experiences.
The 2018 scholarships are generously supported by Dynamy Internship Year, the Center for Interim Programs, Go Overseas, and TeenLife. Once again, we received an overwhelming number of applications! This year we have awarded two $2,000 scholarships to Lauren Anderson and Maria Luisa Hernandez.
Congratulations to the 2018 Scholarship Winners!
LAUREN ANDERSON – Indian Trail, NC
This fall, Lauren will participate in an Autumn Gap Course with Art History Abroad. She will be travelling to Rome, Naples, Siena, Florence, Verona, Castelfranco, and Venice! As an avid reader, traveler, and art-enthusiast, Lauren is excited to broaden her intellectual horizons, and study Western civilization through art, architecture & sculpture.
“I’m a firm believer that learning isn’t just something you get from school, college, university etc. It’s something that you experience throughout your whole life that you should never leave behind. A constant companion, if you will. I know I’ll grow in immeasurable ways throughout this next year.”
-Lauren Anderson, 2018 USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassador
MARIA LUISA HERNANDEZ – Bronx, NY
This fall Maria will travel to Toulouse, France with CIEE participating in their French Language and Culture Program where she will study French art, history, and language. During the spring, she will stay in Toulouse to join one of their Service & Leadership Programs where she will discover France through a whole new lens focusing on community service and development. Fluent in English, Spanish, and French languages, Maria is elated to experience the multi-cultural city of Toulouse!
“I see this as an amazing opportunity to learn, explore, experience, discover and most importantly to grow as a person. It is a once in a lifetime chance that I wouldn’t like to miss…I will be a different person who will bring back the memories, the experiences, the knowledge, the people, and the things I learned and saw with me. The one that left will not be the same one coming back and that is something I will have forever.”
-Maria L. Hernandez, 2018 USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassador
In 2017, we received a record-breaking number of applications, and awarded three $1,000 scholarships to Emily Braddock, Haby Sondo, and Nora Fried!
EMILY BRADDOCK – Broomfield, CO
This fall, Emily will participate in Thinking Beyond Borders’ Asia Gap Semester in Thailand, Cambodia, and India. While abroad, she will explore her interest in international development by completing service projects, pursuing academic work, and experiencing cultural immersion firsthand through travel and homestays. She has deferred enrollment to Clark University in order to pursue her Gap Year.
“The Thinking Beyond Borders program is not only going to prepare me to study International Development in college, it’s also going to help me be an agent of social change. Thus, by supporting me, you’re essentially supporting the people and communities I will work with in my future career.”
-Emily Braddock, 2017 USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassador
HABY SONDO – Bronx, NY
Haby will travel to the Dominican Republic with one of CIEE’s Service & Leadership Programs to work with local NGOs. As a South Bronx native, Haby is passionate about education reform in low-income communities and intends to make an impact on future generations as both an educator and an activist. She has deferred enrollment to Boston University in order to pursue her Gap Year.
“Education Reform is an issue which I have always felt strongly about. New York City has the most segregated school system in the entire country, something I have experienced firsthand. Students of a lower socioeconomic status are being thrust into their local school with poor quality instructors, scarcity of resources, and not enough preparation for success in higher educational institutions. This vision I have to understand poverty on a global scale can be brought to reality through a service oriented program with CIEE.”
-Haby Sondo, 2017 USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassador
NORA FRIED – Montclair, NJ
As an outdoor enthusiast, Nora is thrilled to participate in HMI – High Mountain Institute’s Gap Semester in the American West and Patagonia in the fall to develop rock climbing and outdoor leadership skills. She will also travel to Iceland to study sustainability in the winter and hike the Pacific Crest Trail in the spring. In order to pursue a Gap Year, Nora has deferred enrollment to Macalester College where she plans to study Environmental Science and Geology. Nora’s USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassador Scholarship has been funded by HMI – High Mountain Institute.
“The opportunity to take a ‘year off’ seems to come once in a lifetime. Having this chance has allowed me to think about what I am really interested in studying and the qualities of my life that I truly value. I believe that the plans I have made for my gap year with HMI – High Mountain Institute will push me to grow as a backcountry explorer, allowing me to gain new wilderness skills and expand my areas of comfort both in the natural world and as a social being.”
-Nora Fried, 2017 USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassador