Previous Winners of the Gilman Scholarship



Hansen, Eric S.

Eric Hansen is a Chinese major and Business Management minor from Appleton, Wisconsin. Winning a Gilman International Scholarship to study in China, Eric feels that his participation in BYU’s Chinese Flagship Program as well as a prior study abroad with Princeton to China helped strengthen his application. Eric credits the Flagship program for bringing legitimacy to his studies by showing he is serious about learning Chinese. Additionally, the Flagship program has allowed him to network and foster relationships with his fellow flagship students.

Hunsaker, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Hunsaker is a Sociology major with a minor in Asian Studies from the Chicago suburbs. A recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to study in China, Elizabeth credits her previous study abroad experience and careful application preparation for making her a competitive candidate.  At the time of her application, Elizabeth had three years of undergraduate Chinese experience and had previously studied in Nanjing, China for four months. She believes that her academic and study abroad experience abroad demonstrated her ability to be a successful Gilman candidate.

Niedfeldt, Paul J.

Paul Niedfeldt is a double major in Chinese and Accounting and is a recipient of the Gilman International Scholarship. Most recently from Crystal Lake, Illinois, Paul has lived in many different states in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Paul is enrolled in the Chinese Flagship program and credits his participation in the program for making him competitive for the Gilman scholarship which he will use to study abroad in China. In 2006, Paul went to the GOTV (Get Out the Vote) campaign to St.


Bahr, Kathleen

From Duluth, Georgia, Kathleen or “Casey” is a Middle Eastern Studies & Arabic major with a minor in International Development. Kathleen has gone by Casey since birth even though it is not part of her legal name. Casey’s mother wanted her to have both a nickname and a formal name, something Casey refers to as a “southern thing.”

Hoffmeier, Patrick

From Damascus, Maryland, Patrick is a winner of a 2012 Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in China. Patrick credits his undergraduate research—a paper on the different views Joseph Smith, James Birney, and William Lloyd Garrison had on slavery—as good preparation to explore different ways to write and express himself. Majoring in History Teaching with a Global Studies minor, some of Patrick's best experiences at BYU have included going to China to student teach, working with the BYU football team, teaching seminary, and meeting and marrying his wife.

Teichert, Celinda

Celinda Teichert was born and raised in Cokeville, Wyoming. She is currently in the pre-major for Medical Laboratory Science and has been studying Arabic for the past two years as part of the Middle East Studies and Arabic (MESA) minor.  She plans to use the $3,500 awarded from the Gilman Scholarship to participate in an internship working for the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development. Celinda attributes her success to a strong work ethic that was carefully cultivated while growing up on a ranch.


Anderson, Tory

From Levan, UT, Tory is a Linguistics major with minors in Linguistic Computing, Computer Science, and Psychology. Tory credits the BYU Honors program, Chinese Flagship program, and the Linguistics program for providing him with much of the preparation necessary to obtain the Gilman Scholarship for study abroad in China. Tory plans to continue research and graduate school, with the goal of eventually becoming involved with educational affairs in the United States. Tory enjoys chess, martial-arts, horse-back riding, and technology.

Riley, Matthew A.

Matthew is from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and he is a major in International Relations with a Russian minor. He is using the Gilman Scholarship to go to Russia. Matthew attributes his success in winning the Gilman Scholarship (worth $2,000) to the fact that his teachers, various writing workshops, and diligent practice have helped him learn how to write a strong essay. He is currently putting this skill to practice as he also applies for the David L. Boren Scholarship as well as for some BYU academic scholarships.


Hawkins, Weston

Weston Hawkins is an Asian Studies major from Berthoud, Colorado. Also minoring in Middle Eastern Studies, Weston won the Spring 2010 Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship for study abroad in Thailand. Weston's experience with Thailand and Thai culture is ample; he served a two-year LDS mission in Thailand, worked at a Thai restaurant (Thai Ruby) for three years, worked for two years as a Thai interpreter and translator for the LDS Church, and currently has a beautiful fiancé from Thailand.


Smith, Kiely

Kiely Smith is a Theatre Education major from Morgan Hill, California. Kiely feels that the directorial work and personal research she has done for the theatre department at BYU prepared her for winning a Spring 2009 Gilman Scholarship for her study abroad in the United Kingdom. She has also received the TMA Merit scholarship and directed a Commedia Dell'Arte piece. She hopes to teach theatre and start her own Commedia Dell-Arte touring troupe for high school students.


Lemon, Jeffrey

Jeff Lemon is a Russian major from Springfield, PA. His advanced Russian study, three years of employment at BYU Independent Study and his six month accounting internship all prepared him for his study abroad in Russia. One of Jeff's best undergraduate experiences was taking Russian 422 where he explored the depth and complexities of the development of the Russian language. Jeff hopes to find a job related to either national defense or technical communications.

Mallory, Drew

Drew was awarded the Gilman Scholarship for an internship with the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development in Doha, Qatar. At the conclusion of the internship, he graduated with a bachelor's in social work and a minor in psychology, receiving full university honors. He received an offer for full-time employment from the same NGO, and continued working in the Middle East for two years doing community and national-level programming and planning.