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Scholarship fulfills international dreams for Health Science major

March 20, 2024

Story by Ryan Gauthier

Nicole Morris
Nicole Morris

International travel opens a world of possibilities to students, but the financial side of studying abroad can create barriers to those enriching experiences.

For Nicole Morris, a Health Science major from Rolla, Missouri, paying for her study abroad to Cyprus is no longer a concern. Morris was one of six University of Missouri students awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Morris said the scholarship represents the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to travel abroad to the Mediterranean. Her mom was born and raised in Italy, so the study abroad experience allows Morris to connect with her roots, too.

Morris expects her time in Cyprus to help her grow personally and professionally, giving her a more global perspective on health care along the way.

“Personally, I’m eager to explore the architectural beauties and landscapes that Cyprus has to offer — particularly the Mediterranean Sea,” Morris said. “Academically, I want to learn about the health care policies of Cyprus and broaden my perspective.”

Morris, a junior at Mizzou, eventually hopes to become a clinical director. She believes her time in Cyprus will enable her to build a diverse and global network of people working in health care.

“These global experiences will be invaluable as I work toward becoming a health care leader,” Morris said.

Erik Potter, program manager for the MU Office of Global and National Fellowships, said the Gilman Scholarship provides a fantastic opportunity for students who want to take their college experience to the next level.

“All of the students worked on their application with a fellowships adviser, a study abroad adviser and a Writing Center tutor, and they have learned how to better advocate for their own academic and career goals,” Potter said.