Four Westminster Students Awarded U.S. State Departments Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

Gilman scholars 2018-19: Charidan Maltby, Genevieve Perry, Alyson Pinkelman, and Lasana Trawally

February 18, 2019

Prestigious award given to outstanding students to study abroad

SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster College is pleased to announce four undergraduate students have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the summer of 2019. Lasana Trawally (’22), Genevieve Perry (’20), Alyson Pinkelman (’20) and Charidan Maltby (’21) were four out of 395 American students from 152 colleges and universities across the country to be selected for the award.

The congressionally-funded Gilman program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman scholars who represent the rich diversity of the United States to 145 countries around the globe.

“I am so proud of all of our Benjamin A. Gilman recipients and applicants,” said Dr. Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, assistant professor of the Honors College. “Each student is an incredible person actively working to make the world a better place. I feel exceptionally lucky to have had the opportunity to work with each of them one-on-one, and I’m thrilled that they will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams of study abroad and make a difference around the world.”

“I’m beyond excited to be participating in the study-abroad program in Germany,” said Charidan Maltby, who will study flight and migration as part of her Gilman award. “It will be an unforgettable experience, and I can’t thank Westminster enough for helping me.”

This year’s awardees include:

  • Charidan Maltby: area of study: flight and migration; major: philosophy; location: Germany; graduation year: 2021
  • Genevieve Perry: area of study: concepts in global citizenship—service learning in Thailand; major: nursing; location: Thailand; graduation year: 2020
  • Alyson Pinkelman: area of study: concepts in global citizenship—service learning in Thailand; major: public health/music studies; location: Thailand; graduation year: 2020
  • Lasana Trawally: area of study: flight and migration; major: public health; location: Germany, graduation year: 2022

According to the USA Study Abroad office at the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman program aims to make study abroad, and its career advantages, more accessible and inclusive for American students. The program particularly focuses on supporting first-generation college students, students in the STEM fields, ethnic and racial minority students, students with disabilities, students who are veterans, students attending community colleges and minority serving institutions, and other populations underrepresented in study abroad, as well as broadening the destinations where scholars study or intern.

The Gilman program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

About the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA):

Their mission is to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States. ECA programs, funding and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.  Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports and professional exchanges. For more information about ECA programs, initiatives and achievements, visit

About the Institute of International Education (

The IIE works with policymakers, educators and employers across the globe to prepare students and professionals for the global workforce and equip them to solve the increasingly complex challenges facing our interconnected world. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 18 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,300 member institutions.

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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