Neah Ortman

Neah Ortman

G.U. Alumni Association Scholar, '09-'10

B.A., French & Sociology, '11

Neah OrtmanNeah is a Seattle native whose opportunity to study in Paris this past year was made possible in large part thanks to the Alumni Association Scholarship.

“I traveled to Paris to step out of my comfort zone, learn more about the issues our world is facing, and gain fluency in the French language. This experience has been incredible, teaching me so many things about myself as an individual and as a citizen of the world,” Neah said.

After she graduates from Gonzaga she plans to serve with the Mennonite Volunteer Service or Jesuit Volunteer Corps. “I would love to be in a setting where I could use my French, perhaps in a position resettling West African refugees to life in the United States.” After that she wants to earn a master’s degree in global health or social work from the University of Washington. “If global health is the calling I pursue, I would like to travel to developing French-speaking nations to educate people on public health issues.”

Neah’s older brother, Michael, graduated from Gonzaga in 2008. “I am forever indebted to him, as he is the reason I could apply for this scholarship!”

About being an Alumni Association Scholar:  “Receiving the scholarship has made me confident and proud of things I have accomplished and the path I am headed down. It is also a source of inspiration to continue to live out my calling of integrating social justice with work. Of course, there are the financial benefits as well. Fulfilling my dream to learn French and live in Paris came with a very large price tag and this scholarship has eased that financial burden on me. For this I am truly grateful!” 

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