PULLMAN, Wash.— Five Washington State University students with prestigious, nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards have completed study-abroad experiences in spring and summer.

“Gilman awards support credit-bearing study-abroad programs and career-oriented internships in countries around the world, and WSU students receiving Gilman scholarships enhance their educations through the experiences abroad,” said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

The students, in alphabetical order by semester, are:

  • Veronica Miranda

    An international business and entrepreneurship major, who in spring studied in France.

  • Nancy Barraza

    A sport science and pre-physical therapy major, who studied with First-Generation Abroad peers in Spain.

  • Analexis Manjares-Diaz

    An accounting and management information science major, who studied in Greece.

  • Tho Paw

    An elementary education major who pursued English language teaching and learning in Japan.

  • Jaissa Grunlose

    A marketing major who studied in Spain.

Receiving a Gilman—as with other distinguished scholarships—requires an application. According to the Gilman Foundation, more than 5,000 applicants for summer alone were reviewed, with awards going to 1,100 students.

Seehafer, advisors in Global Learning in the Office of International Programs, First-Generation Abroad advisors, and others throughout the university guide and mentor prospective Gilman Scholars.

The latest awardees bring to 82 the number of WSU students receiving Gilman awards since 2006. The awards are funded through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Dept. of State.

For more information, visit the Distinguished Scholarships and International Programs webpages.