Three UR Students Awarded Competitive Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad in Japan, Jordan, and the United Kingdom

December 12, 2018

Three University of Richmond students have received Gilman scholarships to support their study abroad experiences this spring and summer.

Azin BahariAzin Bahari, a senior from Gaithersburg, Maryland, will study abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo from mid-March to early August 2019. A biology major, Bahari hopes to become a biological researcher in Tokyo and will focus on Japanese language learning during her experience.

“Japan is renowned for its scientific accomplishments, and science students around the world encounter concepts discovered in Japan in their textbooks every day,” Bahari said. “This experience will help me speak and read comfortably in Japanese and become familiar with Japanese business customs."

Dominique CresslerDominique Cressler, a junior from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will study abroad through the Amideast program in Amman, Jordan, during the spring semester. Cressler is double majoring in international relations and Arabic. She will be studying Arabic and volunteering at a non-profit to further her career goals of working with refugee crisis or for an embassy.

“I have been passionate about working with displaced peoples and hope to dedicate the rest of my life to it,” said Cressler. “Studying abroad will be a big step for me to improve my Arabic fluency.”

Ayele J. d'AlmeidaAyele J. d'Almeida, a junior from Bloomington, Minnesota, will study abroad at University of Cambridge in England for six weeks in the summer of 2019. A leadership studies and political science double major, d’Almeida is considering going to law school. Her study abroad experience is part of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies’ Jepson at Cambridge program.  

“This opportunity will not only allow me to grow academically and professionally, but it will also allow me a chance to travel and learn about the history of the United Kingdom,” said d’Almeida.

“Gilman Scholarships are wonderful opportunities for our students to marry their academic interests with the necessary financial support to study abroad,” said Dana Kuchem, director of the Office of Scholars and Fellowships. “These scholarships are competitive, and University of Richmond students are compelling applicants.”

More than 65 percent of University of Richmond students complete a study abroad experience before graduating.

University of Richmond has had 27 Gilman Scholars since the program started in 2001. The University had six Gilman Scholars for 2017-18, the highest number in the institution’s history. The previous top year was five scholars in 2011-12.


Learn more about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.