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Congratulations to Drexel's Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Gilman Scholarship Recipients!

May 31, 2022

We are pleased to announce our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Gilman Scholarship recipients. Thirteen Drexel students received awards for study or co-op abroad in the fall of 2021 and thirteen more students were awarded in the spring of 2022. The prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supports American undergraduate students pursuing study abroad and international internships. Congratulations to all of Drexel's honorees! We can't wait to see where you go from here! 

Fall 2021

Gina Lawder headshotGina Lawder (BS Interior Design ‘24)
Gilman Scholar to Italy
Gina is a second-year student at Drexel University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. Gina will grow her understanding in her summer program abroad. With the generous help of the Gilman International Scholarship, Gina will be continuing her educational interior design program in Rome and London for an extended experience. She is beyond ecstatic to engage in the culture, language, and traditions of the various countries.

Kyla Goodman headshotKyla Goodman (BA Film & Television Production ‘23)
Gilman Scholar to South Korea
Kyla Goodman is a third-year student pursuing a bachelor's degree in Film & Television Production and is working towards achieving a language certificate in Korean. Upon graduating, she hopes to become a documentary-style filmmaker highlighting mental health awareness and human psychology, while also pursuing a career in post-production in television. In the fall of 2022, Kyla will be studying human psychology, sociology, and mental illnesses abroad in South Korea at Seoul National University (and incorporate this into their documentary of their time abroad). While in South Korea, she looks forward to participating in the Korean Language Program, making connections with Korean filmmakers, and exploring the entertainment industry.

Amber Bolli headshotAmber Bolli (BS Biological Sciences ’23, Honors)
Gilman Scholar to the UK (Declined)
Amber is a fourth-year student pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Pathobiology, and a minor in Science, Technology, and Society. Amber is interested in learning more about healthcare abroad as she continues to pursue her ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.

Spring 2022

Sanai Simmons headshotSanai Simmons (BA Fashion Design ‘24)
Gilman Scholar to England
Sanai is a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design at Drexel Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. With the amazing help of the Gilman Scholarship, she will be furthering her career by studying abroad at the London College of Fashion located in London, England, one of the highest-ranked fashion colleges in the world! Studying abroad is something that she greatly looks forward to, as she has never been out of the country and barely leaves her hometown, Philadelphia. Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity she encourages everyone to take advantage of because you become more knowledgeable and open-minded towards the rest of the world. Personally, Sanai is excited to gain inspiration from other cultures as it will set her apart from some other designers.

Benjamin Brobbey headshotBenjamin Brobbey (BS Electrical Engineering ‘24)
Gilman Scholar to Germany
Benjamin is a third-year Electrical Engineering major with a focus on Power Systems participating in the 5-year, 3-Coop Program. He hopes to be able to use his degree and co-op experiences in electrical utilities and or transportation fields post-graduation. He enjoys music, reading, cartoons, and nature. Benjamin will use his Gilman Scholarship to participate in the German University of Applied Sciences Study and Internship program with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Ashlyn Bird headshotAshlyn Bird (BA Music Business ‘24)
Gilman Scholar to England
Ashlyn is an undergraduate student at Drexel University pursuing a major in Music Business. She was born and raised in a small town in Central Pennsylvania, graduating from Williamsport School District and the Uptown Music Collective in 2020. Ashlyn is a musician/songwriter and has been studying piano and vocals since she was young. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Drexel Women's Empowerment and will continue this position as well as serving as the Treasurer of Drexel FLUX for the 2022-23 academic year. For the past year, Ashlyn has been working as a Project Coordinator for Traklife Music and recently began working on the events crew for Sofar Sounds. She hopes to continue exploring her passions for live music and artist relations before graduating from Drexel in 2024. Ashlyn will use her Gilman Scholarship to attend the Drexel in England-FIE London program in Fall 2022.

Kash Awosika headshotKash Awosika (BS Architecture ‘27)
Gilman Scholar to South Korea
Kash is an undergraduate architecture student. She plans to spend her time during her study abroad learning about Korean culture and engaging with the lifestyle. By viewing and engaging with design in Korea, she hopes to draw inspiration for what she would like to do in the future. Traveling and adapting more design practices would be beneficial for her future. She will use her Gilman Scholarship to study at Korea University in the summer of 2022. She would like to create and generate her own stories and experiences while abroad to come back and share with those that desire to do the same.

Shivani Acharya headshotShivani Acharya (BSBA Marketing & Finance ’23, Honors)
Gilman Scholar to England
Shivani is a third-year honors student pursuing double majors in marketing and finance, with an intermediate proficiency certificate in Spanish. Her last co-op was at Health Union in market research and her current is with SAP in field marketing. Over the last two years, Shivani has also been a part of the marketing and business development teams at a Philly-based startup, Tuck-ins. During her time at Drexel, she's been involved in and held leadership roles at Tamid Group at Drexel, Drexel University Housing and Residential Life, Sustainability Committee within USGA, and Global Learning Community. Shivani is also a previous STAR Scholar and current Lebow Chapel Scholar. Studying abroad has been on her radar for a while now and with the support of the Gilman Scholarship, Shivani will be spending her Fall 2022 semester in London, United Kingdom at Queen Mary University London.

Anjelica Soesanto headshotAnjelica Soesanto (BS Architecture ‘24)
Gilman Scholar to Spain
Anjelica is an ethnic Chinese Indonesian American student in Drexel University’s 2+4 Architecture Intensive Program. She is expected to graduate in Spring 2024 with a bachelor’s in architecture from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. In addition to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Anjel is also a recipient of the Westphal Portfolio Scholarship, Founder's Scholarship, and the Philadelphia Foundation D. Colman Witte Scholarship for four consecutive years. In Summer 2019, Anjel was a STAR Scholars undergraduate design research student under Professor Diana Nicholas' Social Impact Design Research Lab: Integral Healthy Living. Her project was titled “Bringing The Inside Out: Creative Spaces and Well-being to Urban Families.” She has been a student on the Dean's list with an outstanding performance and contribution to her college. Anjel has served as secretary on the board of Drexel American Institute of Architecture Student Organization and is currently an IPAL student committed to take her registration exam before graduating. She hopes to use architecture and contribute back to society through community-centered design in affordable housing and education. She will use her Gilman Scholarship to participate in an Architecture & Interiors ICA in Spain over fall break.

Kaelah Grant headshotKaelah Grant (BS Psychology ‘23)
Gilman Scholarship to Ghana
Kaelah is a junior psychology major with a neuroscience minor. During her time here at Drexel, she has been a research assistant for World Vision WASH on the Decolonizing WASH Research Study where she has worked with researchers and funders across 12 countries and has presented at global conferences to contribute to decolonization efforts in low and middle-income countries. She takes pride in advocating for marginalized communities and individuals across the globe. After she graduates, she plans to take a gap year and be a part of the Peace Corps before going to medical school. Kaelah is an aspiring surgeon and plans to join Doctors Without Borders after she completes her residency. Her goal is to combine all of her academic interests within the disciplines of social justice, global health, psychology, neuroscience, and medicine to become a better advocate for marginalized people and touch lives all over the world as a physician. She will use her Gilman Scholarship to participate in a Global Field Intensive in Ghana with fellow Dornsife Global Development Scholars.

Toni Swift headshotAlastornia Swift (BS Sociology and Public Health ‘24)
Gilman Scholar to Germany
Toni is a sociology and public health major at Drexel on the 4 year 1 co-op plan. She hopes to attend law school after undergrad. At Drexel she is a part of the Drexel Biddle Law Society and Dragons Run. She will use her Gilman Scholarship to study at the University of Mannheim School of Social Sciences in Germany.

Jishan Ahmed headshotJishan Ahmed (BA Political Science ‘24)
Gilman Scholar to Denmark
Jishan is a political science major and law minor at Drexel. He is a Democratic Party Fellow and is interested in studying democracy. He will use his Gilman Scholarship to study abroad at Aarhus University in Denmark, a highly respected university that focuses on political science research. He intends to use this opportunity to study how Denmark’s government influences the atmosphere in Aarhus. He wants to study voting patterns and why Denmark has such a comprehensive and healthy democracy compared to the United States.

This list does not include the students who declined to be publicized or who did not respond to our request.

Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000, or up to $8,000 if also a recipient of the Gilman Critical Need Language Award, to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,350 U.S. institutions have sent over 34,000 Gilman Scholars of diverse backgrounds to 155 countries around the globe. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The complete list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships this cycle, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available on the Gilman Scholarship website.

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

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