UB student awarded State Department scholarship

UB student awarded State Department scholarship

University of Bridgeport undergraduate student Boglarka Jordan has been awarded a U.S. Department of State grant to study in Hungary.

Jordan, a junior majoring in health sciences, said she applied for the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship in order to “learn about other health care systems in the world.”

She will spend the spring 2017 semester at the University of Pecs, in Pecs, Hungary.

The scholarship is worth $2,000.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships provide funding for undergraduate U.S. students with demonstrated financial need to study or intern in an array of countries and to learn different languages, especially those deemed to be important to national security and diplomacy.  Since 2001, more than 22,000 Gilman alumni have studied in 144 countries. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs.

Jordan will be among 100 UB students expected to participate in overseas programs in 2017. That’s approximately the same number of UB students who this year have studied or interned in 15 countries representing six continents, said Brandon LaFavor, who directs UB’s Education Abroad Resource Center.

Jordan said she applied to the University of Pecs because it is known for its excellent programs in health sciences, global health, and medicine. Credits from her overseas studies will be transferrable toward her bachelor’s degree from UB, said her adviser, Meg Zayan, coordinator of the Undergraduate Health Sciences Program.

Zayan added that it was “critically beneficial” for Jordan and other students in the Health Sciences Program to study abroad.

“It is crucial for future health care professionals to understand that on a global basis, there must be a commitment to combat the spread of infectious disease by helping nations meet UN’s health-related Sustainable Development Goals,” said Zayan. “Studying overseas will expand Boglarka’s understanding and give her a better exposure to this world.”

Zayan noted that two other health science students “just returned from Costa Rica and Korea. They’re all gaining broad experiences through UB.”

Jordan agreed “it will be a good experience to move outside of my comfort zone and see what’s out there. I’m hoping that when I come back [to UB], I can teach students about different customs and cultures of Hungary.”

Jordan’s desire to share her experiences reflects her involvement on campus. She currently serves as the public relations officer for the Student Government Association, the nutrition coordinator for the UB Wellness Club, and last year volunteered in food pantries during Alternative Spring Break. She also works as a UB student ambassador.


Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu