5 students receive Gilman International Scholarships
|Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2013||Return to Archive|
Five WKU students have been awarded funding through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program that will support them in Spring 2013 study abroad programs around the globe.
Allyson Beasecker of San Diego, Calif.; Haley Edwards of Buffalo, Ky.; Hayley Hilbert of Louisville, Ky.; Christina Paige of Fayetteville, N.C.; and Makka Wheeler of Guthrie, Ky., were each recognized as recipients of this nationally competitive scholarship.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards of up to $5,000 for study abroad to undergraduates receiving Pell grants. With the intent to increase diversity in study abroad, the program funds travel of underrepresented groups including ethnic minorities; students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and students with disabilities. The program gives preference students traveling to nontraditional destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and offers an additional award of up to $3,000 for those studying critical languages such as Arabic, Japanese and Chinese.
Makka Wheeler, a junior majoring in nursing, will study abroad in Costa Rica studying Spanish and cultural diversity.
“The Gilman Scholarship means the world to me,” she said. “Without it, I really couldn’t afford to study abroad.”
Hayley Hilbert, a sophomore international affairs major, plans to attend law school after graduating from WKU in 2015. She will pursue a career in international law. The scholarship will support her study abroad to Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.
“I feel that my project for the Gilman (researching non-profits abroad) will heighten my experience abroad and allow me to greater global connections that may open doors to larger opportunities in my future endeavors,” she said.
A sophomore majoring in communication studies and Asian religions and cultures, Christina Paige will study Asian religion and culture at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata City, Japan. After graduating from WKU, Paige plans to return to Japan as a member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program to teach English before attending graduate school.
“I plan to make the most of what I have received and use it to further my goals present and future,” she said.
Haley Edwards, a senior English major, will study at Yarmouk University in Irbit, Jordan. Studying Arabic will support her career goal of becoming a translator for classical and modern Arabic literature.
“It’s such an honor to receive this award from the Gilman Program,” she said. “This program provides students with high financial need so many opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise.”
Allyson Beasecker, a senior pursuing degrees in English and news/editorial journalism, said she was delighted to receive funding from the Gilman scholarship program. However, due to extenuating circumstances, she is not participating in her chosen international education experience.
Students who are interested in the Gilman Scholarship work with Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, coordinator of nationally competitive opportunities for the Office of Scholar Development. With OSD, students are offered one-on-one advising sessions to craft their applications, prepare for interviews and receive input from a greater audience.
“It was a pleasure working with each of these students and I look forward to hearing about their successes while abroad,” she said. “Helping students find ways to achieve their big dreams is something that I love to do.”
The deadline for Gilman scholarship applications for Summer 2013, Fall 2013, and Academic Year 2013-14 programs is March 5. Kirby-Stokes said it is essential to start early to choose a program and write application essays. Contact Study Abroad and Global Learning at 745-5334 and Kirby-Stokes at 745-5043 for advising appointments.
About the Office of Scholar Development: The Office of Scholar Development is committed to helping WKU students in all majors and degree programs develop the vision, experience and skills to be independent, engaged scholars. OSD welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested in national or international scholarships. For more information, follow OSD on Twitter: @WKU_OSD and on Facebook. OSD welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested in the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship or other similar opportunities.
Contact: Drew Mitchell, (270) 745-5043.
- All Categories
- Academic Outreach
- Continuing & Professional Development
- Distance Learning
- Summer Sessions
- Winter Term
- Career & Workforce Development
- Lifelong Learning
- Society for Lifelong Learning
- WKU On Demand
- Study Away
- Faculty-Led Study Abroad
- Center for Faculty Development
- Cohort Programs
- Dual Credit
- Conferencing & Catering
- All Categories
- March 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS October 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2012 E-Newsletter
- April 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS November 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2013 E-Newsletter
- JUNE 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS May/June 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2013 E-Newsletter
- Archived CHHS News
- CHHS October 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2015 E-Newsletter
- December 2015 ICYMI
- January 2016 ICYMI
- MAY 2016 ICYMI
- February 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS July 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2016 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2017 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2011 E-Newsletter
Film nominated in IndieWire’s Project of the Year Contest
7:45AM - 9:30AM
Lady Toppers play 2/23 and 2/25
Construction webcams are now in place so you can watch the progress of Hilltopper Hall and the Southwest and Northeast Hall connectors online: wku.edu/webcams - images are uploaded from 5 am-5 pm.
Early construction on a new residence hall at Western Kentucky University has begun, with the goal of offering students more personal living space with common areas for studying and socializing...
Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,