19 WKU students earn Gilman Scholarship for study abroad
- Monday, January 24th, 2022
(First row from left: Whitney Campbell, Cyn'Clara Cofer, Gabe Feinn, Larissa Frisby. Second row from left: Ralphy Gardner, Brooke Larson, Ashton Lyvers, Alannah McCray-Adams. Third row from left: Bu Meh, Su Meh, Dev Patel, Meghan Pierce. Fourth row from left: Patrice Powell, Sentyaset Rodriguez, Sebastian Tingle, Kendall Wheeler. Fifth row from left: Cassandra Wiley, Shwe Win, Luke Wininger.)
19 WKU students earned the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad in the October 2021 application cycle, more than all other Kentucky institutions combined. This reflects a 95% selection rate for WKU applicants who worked with the Office of Scholar Development to prepare applications.
The Gilman Scholarship broadens the student population that studies or interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The 19 recipients in this application cycle earned scholarships totaling $91,000.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the operations of the scholarship program and the study abroad programs it funds. Recipients whose study abroad plans are interrupted by travel restrictions are able to defer awards to study abroad programs that begin before October 31, 2022 or apply funding to alternative programs, including credit-bearing virtual international opportunities.
The following students were awarded funding:
Whitney Campbell of Powell, Tennessee is the daughter of April Hubbs and Scott Campbell. A political science and international affairs major, she plans to attend law school and pursue a position as a U.S. diplomat. She earned the scholarship to study in Morocco in summer 2022.
Cyn’Clara Cofer of Bowling Green earned the scholarship to study in Greece in summer 2022. She is a finance major pursuing a career as a financial analyst. She earned the scholarship to study in Greece in summer 2022.
Gabe Feinn of Louisville is the son of Vicki and Benjamin Feinn. He earned the scholarship for intensive language study in China in summer 2022. He is pursuing a career teaching English in Taiwan as a Chinese major with minors in teaching English as a second language and child studies.
Larissa Frisby of Pagosa Springs, Colorado is the daughter of Crystal and James Frisby. She is a biology and Chinese double-major with a minor in chemistry. In the future, she would like to teach English abroad and work in animal science. She earned the scholarship to study in Taiwan in fall 2022.
Ralphy Gardner of Todd County is the son of Michael and Kumiko Gardner. A triple-major in criminology, psychology, and Arabic, he is interested in federal service careers in international affairs or criminal justice. He earned the scholarship to study in Jordan in summer 2022.
Brooke Larson of Cookeville, Tennessee is the daughter of Brian and Vaughan Larson. She is majoring in Elementary/Special Education with a minor in teaching English as a second language. She earned the scholarship to study in Ireland in summer 2022.
Ashton Lyvers of Bardstown is the daughter of Kristal and Jeremy Lyvers. After earning her degree in psychological science and criminology, she hopes to earn a P.h.D in psychology and become a clinical psychologist specializing in mental health counseling for adolescents and young adults. She earned the scholarship to study in Greece in summer 2022.
Alannah McCray-Adams of Denver, Colorado is the daughter of Andrea Robinson and the granddaughter of Gwendolyn McCray. A business management major, she is interested in pursuing graduate studies in higher education and student affairs. She earned the scholarship to intern in South Korea in summer 2022.
Bu Meh of Bowling Green is a public health major. She earned the scholarship to study in Tanzania in summer 2022 and is pursuing a career educating the community on public health topics such as drug use and mental health.
Su Meh of Bowling Green is the daughter of Nae Reh and Oo Meh. A public health major, she is committed to advocating for the health and safety of minority populations who lack knowledge due to language barriers. She earned the scholarship to study in South Korea in summer 2022.
Dev Patel of Bowling Green is the son of Satish and Rashmita Patel. A biology major with a minor in chemistry, Dev will attend dental school after graduation, becoming a dentist with interest in humanitarian service abroad. He earned the scholarship to study in Hungary in winter 2022.
Meghan Pierce of Smiths Grove is the daughter of Robin and Richard Pierce. With majors in international affairs and Arabic, plus a minor in economics, she aims to work as a legal advisor or attorney for an organization serving individuals from the Middle East and North Africa. She earned the scholarship to study in Jordan in summer 2022.
Patrice Powell of Louisville is a hospitality management and dietetics major. After graduation, she intends to pursue a master’s degree and obtain her license to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. She earned the scholarship to study in Germany and France in summer 2022.
Sentyaset Rodriguez of Louisville is a marketing major pursuing a career in the creative and dynamic field of marketing. She earned the scholarship to study in Spain in summer 2022.
Sebastian Tingle of Somerset is the son of Misty and David Tingle. A film production and performing arts major, he is pursuing a career in set or production design in film and theater. He earned the scholarship to study in the United Kingdom in summer 2022.
Kendall Wheeler of Murray is the son of Beth and Les Madden. After completing his degrees in biology and chemistry, he will pursue a career in the conservation and biological sciences. He was awarded the scholarship to study in Tanzania in summer 2022.
Cassandra Wiley of Hodgenville is a biology and Spanish major. With a dream of opening an aviary in order to rescue and rehabilitate neglected parrots and aid in environmental conservation, she was awarded the scholarship to study in Costa Rica in summer 2022.
Shwe Win, born in Thailand, is a public health major planning to attend graduate school toward a career reducing health disparities with a worldwide organization like UNICEF. She earned the scholarship to study in South Korea in summer 2022.
Luke Wininger of Bowling Green is the son of Steven and Amy Wininger. A finance major with a sales minor, he earned the scholarship to study in Iceland in summer 2022, where he will study the social and economic impacts of climate change and ecotourism on the region.
All of the students recognized worked with Lindsey Houchin in the Office of Scholar Development at WKU to prepare their Gilman applications and with advisors in the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning to find the best study abroad program to fit their goals.
The next Gilman Scholarship application cycle closes on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Students interested in studying or interning abroad during these terms may apply:
Academic Year 2022-2023
Interested students are encouraged to work with the Office of Scholar Development at WKU and the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning in early February 2022.
About the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship: Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Gilman Scholarship program funds internships or study abroad programs for undergraduate Pell Grant recipients. Since 2001, the Gilman Scholarship has enabled more than 33,000 Americans to study in countries around the world, representing diverse backgrounds including ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students.
About the Office of Scholar Development (OSD): 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 nationally competitive scholarships.
About WKU Global: WKU Global serves the WKU community by engaging students, faculty and staff in diverse, educational and cultural experiences through faculty-led, exchange, consortia and other study abroad opportunities.
Contact: Lindsey Houchin, firstname.lastname@example.org