Jayden Thomas has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study abroad programs in fall 2019. He was selected from over 3,000 applications submitted during the fall 2019 and academic year 2019-20 cycle.

Thomas, a third-year student in international affairs and political science from Glasgow, will study abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan in fall 2019. He was recently awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for intensive study of Japanese in summer 2019, as well as a Freeman-ASIA Award, which will support his semester at Kansai Gaidai. He is the son of Tammy Thomas.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Gilman Scholarship program provides up to $8,000 to undergraduate Pell Grant recipients to fund internships or study abroad. Since 2001, the Gilman Scholarship has enabled more than 28,000 Americans to study in 149 countries, representing diverse backgrounds including ethnic minorities, students studying in STEM fields, and first-generation college students.

Thomas worked with Melinda Grimsley, coordinator of international scholarships in the Office of Scholar Development at WKU, in preparing her application and with advisors in the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning to find the best academic program to fit her goal.


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