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Theatre Student Niatikqua Brooks Wins Gilman Scholarship to Study in Paris

Thursday, April 18, 2019

USF theatre student Niatikqua Brooks has been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Paris as part of the USF Paris Theatre program.

For four weeks, Brooks be in Paris learning about European theatre traditions from guest teachers and developing a piece of theatre the improvisation. The trip will be her first time abroad on her own.

“You never know until you experience it, so the possibilities are endless,” said Brooks. “I don’t know what I’m going to get and gain until I am going to go.”

The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a competitive scholarship program that provides study abroad funding for students in need.

At USF, Brooks has been involved with the student organizations Women of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow and Toastmasters. This semester, Brooks performed in USFTheatre production Emma, an adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen.

After graduating from USF next Fall, Brooks plans to move to Atlanta, a city where she can immerse herself in opportunities in TV, film, and theatre. She also plans to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting.