News in Brief: Human Science Senior Selected to Intern in Tanzania

JUNE 17, 2014 - Aspen McCoy (NHS’15), a human science major, has been awarded a competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, supports undergraduates who are planning to study and intern abroad, while fostering mutual understanding between the people of the United States and of other countries.

McCoy will spend this summer interning in Dar es Salaam’s first private clinic, where she will focus on women affected by HIV/AIDS.

‘Honest and Genuine’

During her time in Tanzania, she will also take classes as part of the African Studies Program’s Kiswahili Language and Development Studies Program.

“I was confident in my decision to go abroad,” says McCoy.  “I heard about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship through the financial aid office at [Georgetown] and decided to apply.”

The application process evaluated the student’s grade point average and involved an essay.

“Not only was I genuine and honest in my essays, but I also had put a lot of time into writing and revising my essays,” says McCoy, who encourages others to apply for this opportunity.  “This trip abroad opens the door for me and allows me to get a taste of what I hope to fulfill in my lifetime in the health studies career track.”

Mission Nutrition

A Washington, DC native, McCoy is part of the Minority Health Initiative Council, a student-led organization at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

This year, she focused on providing initiatives that help eliminate health disparities in the city.  One initiative is Mission Nutrition, through which the students worked with local non-profit organizations to teach nutrition lessons in the District’s schools.

McCoy will serve as council co-chair this academic year and will focus closely on the initiative, she says.  Upon her graduation from Georgetown, she plans either to continue her studies to become a physician in the ob-gyn specialty or to work on improving women’s health in developing countries.

Earlier this year, she had an opportunity to spend her spring break in Honduras with Georgetown’s Global Medical Brigades, where she helped provide gynecological, dentistry, and general medical care to the underserved in Tegucigalpa.

By Masha Mikey (S’15)