Student awarded scholarships to study in Morocco

Hawai‘i Community College student D’Anna Asher has been awarded scholarships for a summer Study Abroad program in Morocco with the School for International Training (SIT).

D’Anna Asher has received three scholarships to help cover the cost of her summer program: The Honda Study Abroad Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and a scholarship from SIT. She will earn 9 credits that will transfer to UH Hilo.

The Honda Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded to five University of Hawai‘i Community College (UHCC) students who wish to study overseas and incorporate an international educational experience into their academic program. The purpose of this scholarship is to promote international understanding through support for international travel and study. Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence and a focused and well-developed proposal. The scholarship can be used to support participation in a formal University of Hawai‘i study abroad/exchange program or a study abroad program sponsored by another US or foreign university.

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. This scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study and intern abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.

The SIT Morocco: Arabic Language and Community Service program offers intensive Arabic language study, community service, and cultural immersion during a seven-week summer program. SIT offers scholarships to students who have financial needs that would otherwise prevent them from participating in their Study Abroad programs.

Students hone their Arabic language skills through intensive language study in the classroom; onsite field exercises at souks, museums, and other settings throughout Morocco; homestays; and an in-depth community service project. Students also have group discussions with Moroccan university students.

The program consists of three courses, for a total of nine credits:

  • Modern Standard Arabic – Instruction is provided at three different levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Students also learn useful and functional expressions in Moroccan Arabic (Darija).
  • Community Service Project – Students gain practical work experience as a volunteer under both academic and professional supervision and guidance.
  • Arabic Writing Seminar – Students at all levels are introduced to the writing skills necessary to produce a short research paper in Arabic.

Discovering Moroccan culture
Students engage with academics, artists, architects, activists, and leaders of nongovernmental organizations and participate in hands-on activities such as Moroccan cooking, dancing, calligraphy, and costuming.

Students live with two Moroccan families—one in Rabat, and one in the area of Ouezzane. These homestays give students an opportunity to experience Moroccan life and practice their Arabic language skills. Students also go on excursions to places of interest, including the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the mountain town of Chefchaouen.

Drawing on the resources of Rabat
The program is based in the vibrant city of Rabat, Morocco’s capital, located on the Atlantic coast. Classes are held at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning in the city’s centuries-old medina. The Center hosts educational programs and organizes cultural events, such as artistic shows and performances.

Discovering the vibrancy of summer
Throughout the summer, a multitude of festivals and ceremonies are held in Morocco. In the coming years (2013–2015), the summer term will also coincide with Ramadan preparations. Additionally, summer is the time when family members living abroad return home to Morocco, further contributing to the excitement of the summer period.

Congratulations, D’Anna! We wish you all the best in your summer studies in Morocco!


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