UNO student wins scholarship to study abroad _lowres

Abigail Diez

University of New Orleans student Abigail Diez, of Gonzales, is one of 800 undergraduate students from across the United States to win the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad during the fall 2015 semester, a news release said.

Diez is a senior music major who expects to graduate from UNO in the spring of 2016. She will enroll at Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

“While abroad, I hope to perfect my songwriting skills, research employment options as a musician in the international industry, practice the many languages I am learning, learn to play the violin and apply to a graduate program in Europe for international business,” Diez said.

Administered by the Institute of International Education, the program aims to diversify the students who study abroad as well as the regions and countries where students go, a news release said.