Sophomore wins distinguished scholarship to study abroad

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

lysandra-perez-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Lysandra Perez, a Washington State University sophomore in psychology from Yakima, Wash., has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study abroad in Italy in the spring.

“Lysandra’s experiences in Italy will add to the breadth and depth of her education as well as help her grow personally and professionally,” said April Seehafer, director of the distinguished scholarships program, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. “WSU can be very proud that she is our 55th recipient of the nationally competitive Gilman scholarship.”

Launched in 2001, the award grants students understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies to prepare them to assume leadership roles in government and the private sector and to thrive in the global economy. Perez is one of more than 850 undergraduates from 359 U.S. colleges and universities granted up to $5,000 for spring 2017 study abroad. She is one of five WSU students to apply for the award.

At WSU, applicants for distinguished scholarships receive support and assistance across the university as they seek prestigious, nationally competitive awards. Perez in particular consulted with global learning advisors Mayra Villegas and Kate Meyer.


News media contact:
April Seehafer, WSU distinguished scholarships, 509-335-8239,


Next Story

Recent News

Monitoring a potential government shutdown

WSU President Kirk Schulz addresses system-wide efforts underway to prepare for a potential federal government shutdown.

Desire to improve food safety leads Afghan student to WSU

Barakatullah Mohammadi saw firsthand the effects of food borne illnesses growing up in Afghanistan. Now a WSU graduate student, he will receive a prestigious national food and agriculture research fellowship.