• Baylee Tindol the first UWA student to win Gilman International Scholarship

    Posted: September 25, 2017

    Author: Public Relations

    A University of West Alabama student recently received the prestigious and highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad. With the scholarship, she traded a semester in Livingston for a semester at the other UWA, the University of Western Australia.

    Baylee Tindol, the first student in UWA’s history to receive this scholarship is a junior majoring in marine biology. She is one of fewer than than 1,000 American students from 386 universities across the U.S. to receive this award.

    “I am so proud and humbled to be UWA’s first Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar,” said Tindol, a native of Billingsley and hope there are many more to follow,” said Tindol, a native of Billingsley, Ala. “I hope more UWA students will apply for this scholarship because it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”

    Tindol is studying marine biology for one semester at the University of Western Australia, a public research university and the sixth oldest in Australia. Her research there includes classroom instruction, as well as scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef to study the effects of global warming and climate change on the collective reef systems and the organisms, including humans, that depend on it for survival.

    Australia was the destination of her choice because of the vast opportunities in her field and the emphasis placed on higher education there.

    “Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world. It is the epitome of education on diverse marine life, has the largest coral reef system in the world, and is relied on universally for its impressive education pedigree,” Tindol explained.

    As an applicant for the Gilman Scholarship, Tindol had to include plans for a follow-up program in her application.

    “I want to inspire my fellow students and show what it means to overcome the disadvantages of being a low-income female STEM major (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) from one of the poorest counties in one of the poorest states in America.”

    The Gilman Scholarship Program, named after retired Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. The scholarship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    To know more about the Gilman Scholarship and UWA Study Abroad, contact Connie Marine at cmarine@uwa.edu. 
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