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Lawrence Resident Recipient of U.S. State Department Scholarship

MANCHESTER, NH (July 20, 2020) – Saint Anselm College student Braina Palmer-Ruiz of Lawrence, Mass., was awarded the prestigious U.S. State Department Gilman Scholarship for the spring 2020 semester. She spent five weeks studying abroad in Vina del Mar, Chile before her experience was cut short by the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Palmer-Ruiz, a Spanish and secondary education major in the class of 2021, chose Chile as her destination to expand her knowledge in other indigenous cultures and beliefs. Chile offered her not only a course about the country’s indigenous people but she also learned about the Chilean Mapuche culture around Valparaiso street art. This summer she is preparing for the Massachusetts Testing for Educator Licensure (MTEL) and spending valuable time with her siblings and friend.

The Gilman Scholarship, named after the late congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York, aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of areas around the world. Scholarships are available to students of limited financial needs providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity.

ABOUT SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE: Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a nationally-ranked four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in the greater Boston region in southern New Hampshire, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, commitment to inclusiveness, a highly successful nursing program, and a legacy of community service.


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Braina Palmer-Ruiz is in the front row, center.