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June 12, 2024 | By Cole Hatcher

Parisian Prescription

Ohio Wesleyan STEM Student Earns Gilman International Scholarship to Study French Language, Culture

Ohio Wesleyan student Bolu Ogunye has earned a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Paris. Shown here at the Eiffel Tower, Ogunye plans a career in health care. (Photo courtesy of Bolu Ogunye '24)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University senior Bolu Ogunye of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study French language and culture at Les Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne in Paris.

"One of my goals for the future is to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) studying the role of social determinants in all areas of health care," said Ogunye, a Health and Human Kinetics and French double major. "I am interested in how these determinants disproportionately affect groups and how these determinants and their effects differ between first- and third-world countries. …

"I plan to utilize my knowledge and experiences in the health sciences and humanities to find ways to foster better relationships between countries regarding health fields and disproportionately affected groups," said Ogunye, who plans to pursue a global health master's degree with a specialization in epidemiology after earning her OWU undergraduate degree.

Ogunye is one of approximately 2,100 students to earn a highly competitive Gilman Scholarship this spring out of nearly 10,000 applicants.

While in France, Ogunye also is pursuing volunteer and internship opportunities to help "assess the cultural differences between the experiences of different French Black immigrant diaspora groups" as she works to increase her "understanding and awareness of the French culture when relating with citizens of France and the United States, all while attempting to foster a better understanding between the two vastly different countries and their cultures surrounding societies and their medical and health care practices."

Ogunye will graduate from Ohio Wesleyan in July after finishing her time in France and then plans to become an active alumna, sharing her Gilman Scholarship lessons with OWU students still pursuing their bachelor's degrees. Her efforts will include creating short TikTok videos to inform and engage her peers – especially minority, women, and STEM students.

"[A]s a Black woman in science, there are many hurdles that I have had to overcome and face regarding pursuing a future in the health sciences and planning to be abroad … but have continued to push through these challenges because I know my ultimate goals would change the realities of future women who may be in similar situations to mine," Ogunye said.

Since the Gilman International Scholarship Program was established in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions, including Ohio Wesleyan, have sent more than 41,000 Gilman Scholars to study in over 160 countries around the globe. The scholarships seek to foster mutual understanding between peoples of the United States and other countries. Learn more at

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