May 06, 2014
Philosophy and Classics student Sylvia Salazar is UTSA’s summer Gilman Award winner.
By Sherrie Voss Matthews, International Media & Marketing Coordinator
Sylvia Salazar admits she is not much of a world traveler. She’s been to Mexico a few times, but in her mind, that doesn’t really count.
Her plans this summer, though, include Europe and delving into the homeland of her favorite interests: philosophy and classics.
“I want to see everything!” she says. “That’s why I study philosophy. The culture -- I just want to take everything in while I am there: I want to see the Triumphs, the Vatican, the Pantheon.”
Salazar, a senior from Converse, Texas, will receive $3,500 as an awardee of the summer 2014 of the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program.
“The Gilman helps a lot,” she adds. “It pays for the entire cost to Sienna. I didn’t think I was going to get it; I had totally forgotten about it.”
She had already paid for her plane ticket and arranged for a student loan, so with the Gilman money, she now feels she has the funding to pay for a few more things she would have otherwise decided not to do.
She will be traveling with one of her favorite professors, Dr. William Duffy, as a part of the College of Liberal and Fine Art’s faculty-led program The Classical World: Anthropology, Art and Culture. While on the month-long course, she will learn and practice innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the ancient world, while working with some of the top scholars in the field of classical studies.
While she’s attending the program to complete her upper-level coursework, her family will take turns watching her son.
So why does she find classics and philosophy so critical? “The thinking, it interests me a lot, the history behind it all, the why do we think the way we do? I like debating, too.”
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell grants and are planning to study abroad.
Students interested in applying for the Gilman Scholarship Program should visit iie.org/gilman and discuss possibilities with the staff at Education Abroad Services, MB 1.204.