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Eight WKU Students Recognized in Gilman International Scholarship

wku newsBOWLING GREEN, Ky. (5/8/14) — Eight Western Kentucky University students have been recognized by the U.S. Department of State through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program.

Six WKU students received scholarships for international educational experiences this summer while two were named alternates.

Those receiving scholarships were Tyler Allen of Flushing, Mich.; Kaleiah Brown of Gary, Ind.; Valerie Farsetti of Louisville; Alexandra Hezik of Campbellsville; Asia Larkin of Whites Creek, Tenn. and DaMario Walker-Brown of Lexington.

Alternates were Margaret Riney of Owensboro and Keeley Stephens of Bowling Green.

In all, 17 WKU students applied for the summer 2014 awards.

Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, Coordinator of Nationally Competitive Opportunities for the Office of Scholar Development, said the best part of her job is working with highly motivated students who are pursuing their studies in a different context.

“The Gilman Scholarship allows them to not only fulfill academic and professional goals, but also gives the students the advantage of an experience that will make them more marketable once they graduate,” she said. “It’s exciting sending them off to study abroad and hearing their stories when they return.”

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 nationally competitive scholarships. Contact: Dr. Audra Jennings, (270) 745-5043.

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