UIC Students Receive Fund for Education Abroad Scholars

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Two students from the University of Illinois at Chicago have been awarded scholarships from the Fund for Education Abroad, which aims to increase study abroad opportunities for U.S. college students underrepresented in international education. Jazmin Juarez, of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, and Shamira Quiñones, of Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, are among 100 winners from various racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to receive up to $10,000 in support of study abroad for a minimum of four weeks to a full academic year. Juarez, a first-year student majoring in Latin American and Latino studies and minoring in Chinese and international studies, will study Mandarin Chinese during the fall semester at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. Shamira Quiñones, a senior majoring in public policy, will spend the fall semester in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago, Chile, to compare and contrast the educational structures in these countries with the U.S. education system. Some of the subjects she will examine are the Haitian immigration crisis in Santiago, the history of the slave trade in Rio De Janeiro, and the free education system in Buenos Aires. The Fund for Education Abroad was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population, particularly first-generation college, minority and community college students.

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