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FRANKFORT — Kentucky State University senior Will Sanders is the recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which has a value of $3,000.

Originating from Detroit, Michigan, Sanders is a cadet in the National Guard and is a Mass Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations.  He also has a minor in Speech Communications and Military Science.

The highly competitive scholarship program gives students the opportunity to study and intern in abroad programs worldwide. Sanders will spend his time in China from May 20 until June 23, studying modern Asian cultures through media as well as Mandarin Chinese. With the help of his mentors, Sanders was also awarded a memorial scholarship in honor of former Dean Dr. Sam Oleka, which is also for international studies.

After graduation, Sanders plans to enroll in graduate school and also wants to apply for the Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program, which selects 30 Rangel Fellows in a nationwide process.

It helps support those chosen through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.

With only two students studying abroad this summer, Sanders hopes students will take advantage of the study abroad opportunities that are on campus.

“I encourage all students to stop by the Whitney M. Young Center and learn more about studying abroad because the world is so big,” he said. “Why not take this opportunity?”


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 land grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,200 students.