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Shelby Robertson receives WKU Scholarship for study abroad

Shelby Robertson of Russell County has been recognized by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad in the October 2020 application cycle. Twenty-one WKU students--more than any other university in Kentucky--were offered scholarships totaling $98,500 with an average award amount of $4,690. Four additional students were recognized as alternates.

Shelby Robertson is the daughter of Pam and Brent Robertson. A biology major with a minor in biophysics, she is pursuing a career as a physician invested in rural areas and advocating for equal access to healthcare. She will study in Tanzania in summer 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the operations of the scholarship program and the study abroad programs it funds. Recipients whose study abroad plans are interrupted by travel restrictions are able to defer awards to later terms or apply funding to alternative programs, including credit-bearing virtual international opportunities.

All of the students recognized in this application cycle worked with Lindsey Houchin, coordinator of international opportunities in the Office of Scholar Development at WKU, to prepare their applications and with advisors in the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning to find the best study abroad program to fit their goals.

Students interested in studying abroad in summer 2021, fall 2021, winter 2021, and/or spring 2022 are encouraged to work with the Office of Scholar Development at WKU and the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning before the upcoming Gilman Scholarship deadline on March 2.

About the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship: Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Gilman Scholarship program funds internships or study abroad programs for undergraduate Pell Grant recipients. Since 2001, the Gilman Scholarship has enabled more than 33,000 Americans to study in 151 countries, representing diverse backgrounds including ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students.

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