Westminster Sophomore Awarded U.S. Department of States Gilman Scholarship

Mary Grace Lewis smiling at camera, standing outside with snowy branches behind them

February 20, 2018

Mary Grace Lewis to participate in a service learning, study abroad program in Thailand

SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster is pleased to announce sophomore Mary Grace Lewis has been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the summer of 2018. She is one of 300 Americans from 138 colleges and universities across the nation to be selected for the award.

As part of the program, Lewis will travel to Thailand through Westminster’s May Term program to study foreign healthcare systems. Lewis, who is a customized healthcare justice major in the Honors College, has focused her studies on the disparities in quality and access to healthcare in populations of various races and regions of the world.

“Thailand has a universal healthcare system that I am excited to observe and learn more about through hands-on service projects,” Lewis said. “While we are there, we will be giving health check-ups to elementary and middle school kids and will visit HIV and AIDS hospice centers. I am so excited to extend my studies in Thailand and gain a perspective I couldn't have received in the traditional classroom.”

Lewis is currently on the pre-medical track at Westminster and hopes to attend medical or graduate school in a global-health-related field.

“My ultimate goal is to lessen the disparities in access to basic healthcare because health is a human right,” added Lewis. “I am excited to figure out how to design a career and a meaningful life based on these goals.”

The Gilman award supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas. 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).

“Scholarships, grants and aid programs like the Gilman Scholarship allow students to fully take advantage of their time in higher education,” she said. “These resources will ultimately allow me to learn as much as I can and make the most impact — and I am so grateful.”

For more information on the Gilman Scholarship, visit www.gilmanscholarship.org

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