Hispanic Studies and Secondary Education major Johanna Hribal '13 is one of two William and Mary students to be awarded one of the most competitive national scholarships, the Gilman Scholarship.With an eye towards teaching at the secondary level, Hribal wants to be as fluent in Spanish as possible and hopes to return to Williamsburg with a "legitimate Argentinian accent." Her ultimate goal is to share her experiences abroad with students, and to someday lead high school students on summer academic or service trips abroad.
Johanna was the 2011 recipient of the Mr. and Mrs. James Scott Duff Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship provides support to a junior or senior pursuing a concentration in education at the School of Education. With a major in Hispanic Studies and Secondary Education, Associate Dean, Thomas J. Ward said, "Johanna is a dedicated, responsible student who has demonstrated leadership in the classroom. Johanna plans to study abroad a semester in order to obtain a greater understanding of the culture and language in which she will be teaching. Her personal philosophy of hard work and perseverance led her to W&M and will certainly aid her in becoming an effective and outstanding teacher."