Katherine Hunter Named as a Recipient of the Gilman International Scholarship

08-15-2018


by Kristina Garvelink (M.S. ’15)

For Katherine Hunter (B.A. ’19), a Spanish education major, the start of the academic year will bring an atypical change of scenery. Named as one of this year's recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Hunter looks forward to traveling to Ecuador for an off-campus study program experience this fall.

Established in 2001, the Gilman International Scholarship is overseen by U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. According to data published on the program's website, Hunter is one of 835 scholarship recipients for the 2018-19 academic year.

"This award is a testament to Katie's hard work and passion for diverse languages and culture," Emily Gratson, associate dean of assessment and student success, said. "She couldn't be a more deserving student!"

Having previously completed a short-term study trip to Ecuador through Cornerstone, Hunter expressed excitement for how her upcoming off-campus semester experience in South America aligns with her future career goals.

"The program through which I'm going allows me to have an internship at a public school in Quito, giving me authentic experience in an English as a Foreign Language classroom which is what I would like to pursue in the future," Hunter said. "Our world is becoming more connected, making cultural awareness and language education more important than ever before. Through studying abroad, I will have the chance to learn about and appreciate another culture while working on my own Spanish abilities. Ultimately, I will gain an understanding of what many ESL students go through when living in the United States—culture shock, language difficulties and loneliness—which will allow me to best help my students in the future."

As she prepares to begin her semester, Hunter affirmed the ways that Cornerstone's student-focused learning community has shaped her perspective as a college student and follower of Christ.

"My time at Cornerstone has been a blessing," Hunter said. "God has used the community and classes to help grow me as a Christ follower and a future teacher. Many of my professors have supported me well in my academics—both inside and outside the classroom; they are experts in their fields and dedicated Christians."