Three Westminster Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarships

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July 29, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Three Westminster students received the competitive Gilman International Scholarship to support their study abroad experiences. Each student is seeking the broadened perspective gained by learning in a different nation. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline to use funding was extended a year to Dec. 31, 2021 and recipients may change their study abroad destination if needed.

Daud MuminDaud Mumin (’23, Justice Studies/Legacy Scholars) will travel to Wai, India for service-learning with Westminster’s “Stories of India” May Term Study Abroad Experience. The course will explore social, cultural, and political inequalities related to gender, sexuality and health in India. Daud and his May Term classmates will work with the Akshar Institute for Students with Special Needs to design a book using art from Akshar students that tells the full humanity of their stories. 

“The idea of telling stories is an integral part of the future that I see international relations taking because of the value and need for stories for human progress, “said Mumin with the goal of becoming an international diplomat and advocate. “Being, on the ground, with community members will allow, not only for a professional value but, for an eye-opening and challenging experience that India has to offer.”

Chelsea AnowiChelsea Anowi (’22, Psychology/Honors) will study with Principia Program at the University of Glasgow, Scotland where Westminster’s Honor College has had a long-term partnership. Chelsea intends to conduct research that draws attention to a problem hidden by the innate nature of human and scientific bias.

“Studying in Glasgow will offer an entirely new learning perspective from that of the United States, and that shift in perspective will be an important experience when I begin to formulate my independent research proposal,” said Anowi. “I’m looking forward to exploring a new baseline for understanding psychology and finding a nuanced point of view that will help me identify gaps in psychological and cognitive literature, with slightly less of a bias and a mind more aware of the philosophies of my science.”

Salma GuerreroSalma Guerrero (’21, Public Health/Legacy Scholars) will study at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Salma also won a Funds for Education Abroad award to support her studies. She is exploring the ways language barriers negatively impact health outcomes. 

“By being in Barcelona, I will be able to interact with people from different cultures, practice my Spanish and improve my Spanish writing skills,” said Guerrero.  “Learning about their history and politics, I know that I can have a sound understanding of cultural differences and how that plays into different dynamics and issues. Having this experience abroad, I know I will have the tools necessary to better serve diverse communities.”

Westminster’s Fellowship Advising Office helps students find and apply for prestigious scholarships and fellowships in the U.S. and internationally.  The rigorous competitions tie to a student’s undergraduate, graduate or professional interests.

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 and students who are veterans.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.

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