The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Students who received this scholarship may qualify for an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement award. Critical Need Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Turkic, Persian, Indic, Korean, Russian, Swahili
Focus- Undergraduate students who are interested in studying abroad, and students who have never studied abroad.
Eligibility- U.S. Citizen or U.S. National students must be receiving Pell Grant at the time of the application; applicant is applying to or has been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit; applicant must plan on studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country (see list of countries on current travel warning list at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html)
Criteria- Students with high financial need; students studying in non-traditional countries; students with diverse backgrounds, education history; preference given to students who have longer-term study programs
Submission- Online application (opens early January), certification from both study abroad advisor and financial aid advisor, college transcripts, two essays- Statement of Purpose and Follow-On Service Project Proposal
Requirements- All recipients are required to carry out a Follow-on Service Project that promotes international education and the Gilman Scholarship Program at the students' home institution or in their home community. The Follow-on Service Project Proposal, Statement of Purpose essay and the applicant's academic progress are criteria that are closely considered during the selection process.
Benefits- 2300 scholarships up to $5,000 are awarded to help students study abroad with a average award of $4,000. Students who are awarded this scholarship are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement.