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Mendoza, HRM senior, headed for England as Gilman International scholar

Friday, December 17, 2010

Juan Carlos Mendoza, a senior in hotel and restaurant management, is one of three K-State students receiving the spring 2011 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Mendoza will study at the University of Hertfordshire in England. He is also pursuing a minor in business administration. Mendoza is vice president of the Multicultural Student Honor Society, and has been involved in Pinnacle Honor Society and Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society. Mendoza has received a Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association scholarship and a Hispanic Scholarship Fund 2010 award. Originally from Mexico City, Mendoza graduated from La Serna High School in Whittier, Calif., and studied at Garden City Community College. He is the son of Jorge and Rosa Mendoza, Garden City.

"I see this as a huge opportunity for me," Mendoza said. "I believe that breaking out of my comfort zone and exploring new areas outside my realm will help me grow as an individual and gain more self-confidence and self-reliance."

The other two students are Sophia Ford, a junior in geology and political science who will study at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Nathen Lippert, a senior in construction science and management who will go to Prague, Czech Republic.

The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, provides up to $5,000 for undergraduate students to study abroad. More than 850 scholarships will be awarded for the spring 2011 semester.

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This article was posted on Friday, December 17, 2010, and is filed under Hospitality Management.