GGC students get prestigious scholarships

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two Georgia Gwinnett College students were selected through a nationally competitive process to spend eight weeks studying abroad.

Tiana Farmer and Olivia Mugenga will get to visit Berlin, Germany and Strasbourg, France this summer.

Farmer, a junior majoring in international relations and Mugenga, a sophomore majoring in finance, received full, all-expense paid scholarships valued at about $10,000 each from the Global Institute of Comparitive Studies

Farmer and Mugenga will study for one month in Berlin, then travel by train to Strasbourg, where they will stay in an 18th-century castle on the Rhine River, in the Chateau de Pourtales.

Students will compare cultures, economies and political institutions while taking courses about global issues, visiting museums and attending lectures.

"This will be a life-changing experience for Tiana and Olivia," said Anthony Pinder, director of GGC's office of internationalization. "This is an opportunity for these young ladies to build on their comparative and critical thinking skills, experience the diverse teaching and learning styles and experience different cultures as a global citizen."

Farmer is from Loganville and transferred to GGC from Fisk University. Mugenga came to the United States from Rwanda during the nation's genocidal wars.