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2023 Scholarship Recipients - Frida Cachon Marmolejos & Ryan Lowell

March 12, 2024

The recipients of the 2023 CCI-NC Italian Language Scholarship (awarded in conjunction with UNC Charlotte), Frida Cachon Marmolejos and Ryan Lowell, recently presented on their study abroad experiences to the CCI-NC board.

Frida chose to study in the vibrant city of Milan, Lombardy, drawn by its dual identity as Italy's industrial and fashion capital. At L’Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, ranked #366 globally, Frida embraced a world of international opportunities, nurturing her passion for business and entrepreneurship. Amidst her academic pursuits, Frida's exploration of Italy extended far beyo-

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nd the classroom. From the historic streets of Firenze to the bustling markets of Napoli, she found herself captivated by Italian life and work culture. Alongside these discoveries, she formed enduring friendships and learned to savor life's simple pleasures.

Ryan, a dedicated computer science major, found himself immersed in the historic city of Torino, where he delved into Italian language, culture, and cuisine at Università degli Studi di Torino. From intermediate Italian language classes to captivating courses on Italian culture, cinema, and cuisine, Ryan embraced every facet of his academic journey. His culinary escapades led him to Alba, birthplace of the renowned Ferrero brand, where he indulged in exquisite chocolate and sampled locally produced hazelnuts, a testament to Torino's culinary prowess. Despite grappling with moments of culture shock, Ryan's love for Italy only deepened, fueled by his admiration for its rich heritage and culinary delights.

Frida and Ryan's journeys exemplify the transformative impact of the CCI-NC Italian Language Scholarship. From Milan to Torino, they immersed themselves in Italian culture, forming lasting connections and gaining invaluable insights. Congratulations to Frida and Ryan for their remarkable achievements. Their adventures stand as a testament to the opportunities made possible by the CCI-NC Scholarship.


Frida and Ryan with part of the CCI-NC board and Daniela Cunico Dal Pra at UNC Charlotte.

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