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Hope Salyers awarded Gilman Scholarship

Kimberly "Hope" Salyers of Liberty is the daughter of the late Debra Sue Salyers Salisbury. A first-generation college student, she is an elementary education major and earned the scholarship to complete her student teaching in Germany in Spring 2025.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Eighteen Western Kentucky University students earned the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad in the March 2024 application cycle, more than any other college or university in Kentucky.


The Gilman Scholarship broadens the student population that studies or interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The 18 recipients in this application cycle earned scholarships totaling $68,000 with an average award amount of $3,700. (See full list of Gilman recipients in the March 2024 cycle here)

Of those who worked with the Office of Scholar Development, 49% of WKU applicants were named recipients. The average national selection rate for the Gilman Scholarship over the past five years is 25.8%.

Recipients of the award represent the diversity of WKU: 100% are Pell Grant-eligible students, 50% are first-generation college students, 33% are students of color, and 11% are enrolled at one of WKU's regional campuses.


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