University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo sophomore Jimmee Makamae Silva-Naone has received a Spring 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad.
Silva-Naone was awarded $3,000 to continue her second semester at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. A Hawaiian studies and anthropology major, Silva-Naone looks forward to learning how Maori youth view their presence in a growing Western society. Upon her return, she hopes to share how young Maori balance their role in society with cultural preservation.
The Gilman program was established to promote interest in non-traditional study abroad destinations and to support students traditionally under-represented in study abroad activities. The scholarship also helps to promote multi-cultural fluency through exchange opportunities, which is a key objective of the UH Hilo Strategic Plan.
For more information, contact the Center for Global Education and Exchange, at 932-7488 or http://www.hilo.hawaii.edu/studyabroad.