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Five Globetrotting Students Earn Gilman Scholarships


Five Nebraska Wesleyan students are spending all or part of the 2012-2013 academic year abroad thanks to Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. The Gilman International Scholarship Program “aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.”

Tram Kieu (’13) of Lincoln is studying Thai language, international politics and foreign relations at Thammasat University in Thailand. While in Thailand, Kieu plans to extablish a pen pal program between Thammasat University students and a Lincoln Buddhist youth group.

Morgan McKinley (’14) of Omaha, Neb., is studying in Argentina. The sociology/anthropology major is interested in Latin American cultures and plans to pursue a career as a cultural anthropologist.

Carol Ready (’14) of Scribner, Neb., is studying translation, interpretation, linguistics and history in Spain. She intends to become a Spanish professor.

Said Velazquez (’14) of El Paso, Texas, is studying Middle East history, European economics and French and Arabic in Morocco. The French and global studies major hopes to one day work for an American embassy abroad.

Leron West (’13) of St. Louis, Mo., is studying anthropology, history and criminal justice in Botswana. The sociology/anthropology major plans to volunteer at orphanages and become involved in the Botswanan university’s dance troupe.

Gilman scholars carry out service projects promoting international education abroad. Nebraska Wesleyan students have earned 25 Gilman Scholarships since the award was created in 2001.

Tram Kieu (’13) Morgan McKinley (’14) Carol Ready (’14) Said Velazquez (’14) Leron West (’13)