Cherelle CottonUniversity of Richmond senior Cherelle Cotton, of Hampton, Virginia, has received a Gilman scholarship to support her summer study abroad experience in Amsterdam.

Cotton is majoring in philosophy, politics, economics and law with minors in American studies and women, gender and sexuality studies. She will be participating in the Summer Contemporary Netherlands Studies course. Cotton will explore the Dutch public health system, as well as policies surrounding issues like housing, migration and business practices. The program includes classroom time and guided site visits around Amsterdam. Cotton says this experience is important academically and personally.

“My mother is a Dutch immigrant, and I have always wanted to explore that side of my heritage,” Cotton said. “While I recognize and appreciate my Dutch side, I have the most experience with and am most proud to be a student and a women of color, so this program and award will allow me to further understand the implications of my identity while advancing my education.”

University of Richmond has had 24 Gilman Scholars since the program started in 2001, including six this year, a record for the institution.

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The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward study abroad experiences. Gilman scholars are also eligible for 12 months of noncompetitive eligibility hiring status within the federal government.