Travel grant helps students explore the world

Giovana Pinheiro ’19 has always wanted to travel. However, due to financial difficulties and family commitments, Pinheiro spent most of her summers at home. Thanks to the Ruth Bierman Linnick ‘60 Memorial Travel Grant, Pinheiro was able to visit Paris last summer.

“Because I had those family commitments, which made it hard for me to travel or get a summer internship, it was a really great opportunity to receive the grant,” Pinheiro said. 

The grant is unusual in that it isn’t awarded for specific academic research or internship experience, but rather for exploration.

“I was really amazed that you couldn’t use the grant for an internship or academics,” Pinheiro said. “I’m Brazilian and I moved to the USA and lived in England for a while, so it’s always been a part of my family culture to travel.”

Ruth Bierman Linnick ‘60 loved to travel, to learn and to teach so her family and friends established the grant as a tribute to these lifelong pursuits. The grant provides up to $2,500 to female Arts & Sciences undergraduate students who receive grant-based financial aid and who wish to travel for pleasure, adventure and exploration over the summer. Applications for the 2019 Linnick travel grant are available here and are due March 15.

Pinheiro, who says she has always wanted to cook, also used her time in Paris to take a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu, a hospitality and culinary arts institution.

“The trip was perfect, the weather was beautiful and I got to have a culinary experience during my travels,” Pinheiro said. “I love museums and I think my favorite part was a day trip to Versailles. I loved learning about the history.”

Pinheiro graduated in December and is taking a gap year before medical school. This spring, she is working in the Rasmussen Lab in the Division of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Human Ecology with Kathleen Rasmussen, the Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition.

If you'd like more information about the Linnick travel grant, visit this page on student funding opportunities or contact Richard Keller in the advising office in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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 Photo of G. Pinheiro in Paris