Four WMU students receive Gilman Scholarship for Fall 2019

Gilman scholarship logoKALAMAZOO, Mich.— Four Western Michigan University students receive the highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study overseas during the Fall 2019 semester or Academic Year 2019-2020.

Nijeria Peterson, Catherine Lemus, Angel Schramm and Zoe Jackson are selected for the Fall 2019 scholarships. Anthony Gasca has also been named as an alternate recipient.

At a selection success rate of 50 percent, Gilman awards to WMU students are well above the national average acceptance rate of 29 percent. The selected students will be congratulated for the time and effort they spent writing essays and creating meaningful service projects.


The Gilman Program offers scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. The U.S. Department of State awards the Gilman Scholarship as part of a larger government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and interning abroad, helping them gain skills critical to national security and prosperity.

Fall 2019 and Academic year 2019-2020 RECIPIENTS

  • Nijeria Peterson is majoring business law with a minor in global business. she will spend the Fall 2019 semester studying in South Africa at the University of Cape Town.
  • Catherine Lemus is majoring in marketing with a minor in global business. She is spending the Fall 2019 semester studying at the BI Norwegian Business School.
  • Angel Schramm is majoring in psychology and Japanese. She is spending the Academic Year 2019-2020 studying in Japan at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities.
  • Zoe Jackson is majoring journalism with a minor in global and international studies. She will be spending the Fall 2019 semester studying at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. 

GILMAN scholarship AT WMU

Applying for a Gilman Scholarship is a competitive process that requires some advising. Dr. Lee M. Penyak, WMU director of Study Abroad, serves as the University's advisor for the Gilman International Scholarship Program and many other federal study abroad scholarship programs.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Penyak at For more information, visit WMU's Gilman Scholarship website. To learn about the University's study abroad programs and services, visit the Study Abroad website or call (269) 387-5890.