Biology student to study abroad
HUNTINGDON — Skye Smay of Portage, a freshman biology student at Juniata College, received a $4,000 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar-ship to study abroad this summer at the Institute for Ad-vanced Studies of the East, in Orizaba, Mexico.
Smay, the daughter of Jennifer Plummer of Summerhill, is a 2016 graduate of Forest Hills High School, Sidman.
The Gilman Scholar-ships, named for Ben-jamin Gilman, a Repub-lican U.S. representative from New York, offer grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to study abroad.
More than 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded every academic year. The program also encourages students to choose non-traditional destinations for their study-abroad experience.
The program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.
This summer, Smay will spend four weeks in language study and then participate in a six-week internship.
Smay has been active on the Juniata campus, where she is a member of the HOSA — Future Health Professionals and the Spanish Club.
She also is a member of the Juniata cheerleading team.