Brookdale Community College is pleased to announce that Destiny Jarvis has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin J. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad. “I am still kind of in shock about winning the scholarship. It doesn’t feel real. Without receiving the Gilman, I don’t know how else I would have been able to study abroad. It’s like a dream,” said Destiny.

The Congressional funded Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients of limited financial means at a two-year or four-year college or university. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 31,000 Gilman scholars to 151 countries worldwide, providing new opportunities for students while gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

Graduating in December 2020 from Brookdale with an associate degree in Journalism, Destiny will continue her education at Rutgers University to gain her bachelors’ degree. She will complete her study abroad program in the summer of 2021, studying Tropical Ecology in Heredia, Costa Rica. She said she chose to take a course in environmental studies so that she could combine her love of science and journalism.

Destiny will be able to continue her studies at Rutgers on the Lincroft campus through the Brookdale-Rutgers University Partnership. This growing partnership offers a wide range of undergraduate degree classes and degree programs that make it easier and more affordable for Brookdale students to transfer.

Dr. Janice M. St. C. Thomas, Director, International Education Center at Brookdale Community College said “Studying abroad is one of the most transformative experiences of an undergraduate education. We know that interpersonal growth and the development of cross-cultural skills will definitely prepare Destiny to be competitive as she pursues her dream of becoming a journalist.”

The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).