PEL Major Earns International Scholarship to Study in Mexico

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Mr. Jacob Mott, a SUNY Old Westbury junior majoring in Politics, Economics, and Law, has earned the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Mexico this summer.

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Jacob Mott

"The School of Arts and Sciences is proud to congratulate Jacob for earning the Gilman scholarship, which provides life-changing overseas educational opportunities," said Dr. Cheryl Wilson, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. "Having a study abroad experience opens doors that broaden students' understanding of diverse languages, cultures, skills, and critical thinking, which are imperative to SUNY Old Westbury's mission, and we're excited that Jacob will have this opportunity."

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students with financial need to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 41,000 Gilman Scholars from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 160 countries around the globe.

Mott, who lives in Old Westbury, New York, studied in Spain last fall while working on his Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Economics, and Law. He is a member of the Honors College and won the Vice President for Student Affairs’ Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership in 2023 (pictured).

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