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Quang Le, a junior Chinese and electrical engineering student from Cranston, R.I., Lariah Maynard, a sophomore biology and Chinese major from Groton, Conn., and Grayson Hoover, a freshman Chinese major from Providence, R.I., will study in China for eight weeks this summer.
The award was an unexpected honor for all three recipients, who uniformly said they thought the scholarship was out of their reach.
“I didn’t think I would get it. It was definitely a shock and surprise,” Maynard said. “I was really nervous about paying for the trip so, before I heard the news, I found a job this semester as a veterinary lab assistant to help pay for it.”
Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Le earned the Critical Need Language Award, worth a total of $8,000.
Le, Maynard and Hoover will attend their summer session in China with the goal of achieving advanced proficiency in Mandarin, an essential step in preparation for their Flagship Capstone Year in China.
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