Recipients

Savannah Carter

Savannah Carter imageSavannah Carter
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (Summer 2017) - Study Abroad in Italy

Savannah Carter, originally from Ocean City, New Jersey, is a proud recipient of the Summer 2017 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This award has afforded her the opportunity to study abroad in Italy while working with a group of students to develop a student organization promoting international travel, with primary goals of performing research and boosting medical volunteer efforts. Through this organization, she hopes to assist students in their international scholarships applications, and urge them to visit the ONS office to further help them fund their trips abroad.

During the application process, Savannah worked closely with ONS. "The ONS made me believe that winning this prestigious scholarship was a possibility," she says. "I had all but given up my goal to study abroad before my ONS advisors convinced me that I have the potential to win the Gilman Scholarship, and travel to Italy to shadow doctors and learn Biochemistry."

She attributes her success to the support of family. "I owe everything to my mother. Despite her disability, she is the strongest, hardest working person I know. She inspired me not to give up my dreams of a college education and traveling abroad despite our financial instability," says Savannah.

Her ambition is to go to medical school where she can further learn how to assist those struggling financially with medical care. "As someone who has known financial struggle, it is my ultimate goal to make sure that people of all financial classes have access to the medical care they deserve, here and abroad," she says.

Congratulations to Savannah on winning the 2017 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship!

Interested in the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship? Please contact Ms. Lauren Roberts: robertsl1@usf.edu.