LAWRENCE — Thirty-one University of Kansas undergraduate students have recently received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad in countries around the world.
Gilman Scholars are selected from a group of highly competitive undergraduates for study abroad funding. Scholars receive up to $5,000, or up to $8,000 if also a recipient of the Gilman Critical Need Language Award, to apply toward their study abroad or internship abroad program costs. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Gilman scholarship program.
Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 34,000 Gilman Scholars from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the globe.
A key goal of the Gilman scholarship program is to provide opportunities for students to study abroad regardless of socioeconomic constraints. Through its 21 years in operation, the program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing study and internship opportunities in countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.
The recent award recipients from KU include the following students:
Emma Bradford, a senior from Bushnell, Illinois, will intern in South Africa in summer 2022.
LaToria Campbell, a junior from Kansas City, Kansas, will study at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic in fall 2022.
Ashlyn Cassidy, a junior from Scammon, will study on the CIMBA Italy Program in fall 2022.
Kayla Castillo, a senior from Topeka, will conduct research in Ireland in summer 2022.
Kennedy Chrisco, a junior from Tonganoxie, will intern through CIEE Global Internships in South Africa in summer 2022.
Ayanna Dixon, a senior from Kansas City, Kansas, is currently abroad at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, for spring 2022.
Tim Do, a junior from Wichita, will participate in the Typography and Printing in Italy program in summer 2022.
Macaria Duke, a junior from Austin, Texas, will study at Sophia University in Tokyo during 2022-23.
Olivia Erickson, a senior from Bennington, Nebraska, will participate in the Architecture in Europe program in summer 2022.
Valerie Flores-Espino, a senior from Bonner Springs, will participate in the Architecture in Southern Europe program in summer 2022.
Lizvet Guzman-Damian, a sophomore from Louisburg, will participate in the Hospital Shadowing in Spain program in summer 2022.
Kodi Hayes, a junior from Hazelwood, Missouri, will study Architecture in Asia in spring 2023.
Lydia Johnson, a senior from Hutchinson, will intern through CIEE Global Internships in Spain in summer 2022.
Ella Keathley, a junior from Lawrence, is currently abroad at the University of Leeds, England, for spring 2022.
Anai Melendez, a freshman from Kansas City, Kansas, will study at the ESC Clermont-Ferrand in France in spring 2023.
Tong Moua, a senior from Kansas City, Kansas, will study at Thammasat University in Thailand in fall 2022.
Thanh Nguyen, a junior from Overland Park, will complete an internship in Vietnam in summer 2022.
Kimberly Olivas-Huerta, a freshman from Kansas City, Kansas, will study at Yonsei University in South Korea in summer 2022.
Jessica Oloba, a freshman from Edmond, Oklahoma, will participate in the Creativity and Culture in Rome, Italy, program in summer 2022.
Rachell Orce, a junior from Manhattan, will participate in the Language Institute in Holzkirchen, Germany, in summer 2022.
Alexys Peppers, a junior from Salina, will study at Sogang University in South Korea in summer 2022.
Victoria Requenes, a junior from Kansas City, Kansas, will participate in the Language and Culture in Florence, Italy, program in summer 2022.
Autumn Reynolds, a senior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will study at Deakin University in Australia in fall 2022.
Erin Robertson, a junior from Gunter, Texas, will study at Korea University in South Korea in fall 2022.
Matthew Rosalie, a freshman from Lawrence, will study at J.F. Oberlin University in Japan in spring 2023.
Roman Ruiz, a junior from Topeka, will study at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid in fall 2022.
Maiya Schroeder, a junior from Flower Mound, Texas, will participate in the Services for Children with Special Needs program in Belize in summer 2022.
Mallory Sellers, a senior from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, will intern through CIEE Global Internships in Singapore in summer 2022.
Cody Simpson, a junior from De Soto, will study at Nanzan University in Japan in fall 2022.
Anna-Marie Sumlin, a sophomore from Florissant, Missouri, will participate in the CIMBA Italy Program in summer 2022.
Lauren Tubal, a senior from Salina, will participate in the Hospital Shadowing in Spain program in summer 2022.