Dominique CresslerDominique Cressler, a junior from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has received a Gilman scholarship to 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.”

“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.

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