Winter 2012

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) hosted a reception in Washington, DC to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The December 2011 event highlighted Gilman Program alumni and recognized U.S. campus study abroad advisors for their contributions to the program’s success.


 Gilman alumni Naveed Nanjee, Leah Goodridge, Brian Hardin and Calvin Xu

In the past decade, the Gilman Program has enabled nearly 10,000 outstanding students with financial need, representing nearly 950 academic institutions from all fifty states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., to study in 125 countries. The Gilman Program diversifies the kinds of U.S. students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by providing study abroad scholarships to undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. 



 Gilman alumnus Pleasant Radford meets Ambassador Johnnie Carson

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Adam Ereli spoke about the impact of the program. Speaking to the gathering of university presidents, advisors, and Gilman International Scholarship alumni at the event, Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson said, “Diversity has been a cornerstone and a pillar of the Gilman Scholarship Program.” He noted that, last year, more than 60 percent of Gilman scholars hailed from ethnic minority groups - a percentage that has grown since the inception of the program.  


 Gilman alumni Ismail Warsame, Cheryl Walton, Colin Fain,
Jessica Schulberg, and Clifton Johnson

“The Gilman Program goes beyond ethnic diversity,” Carson said. “The program is actually diverse in multiple ways. Gilman Scholars pursue different academic interests, travel to different destinations around the world, come from different cities and states and very different communities in those cities and states, and represent every different type of academic institutions,” Carson said. “All of these things represent the broad and important diversity of the United States.”

To read more and view photos from the event, visit the IIE website and our Facebook Album.

Gilman Global Experience Blog Correspondents

The Gilman Scholarship Program was pleased to have received nearly 100 applications for the first Gilman Global Experience Blog Series.  From these applications, five Gilman Scholars were selected as Gilman Blog Correspondents for the Fall 2011 semester.  During their semesters abroad in Jordan, Japan, Senegal, Argentina, and the United Kingdom, the Correspondents responded to various writing prompts and provided insights about their intercultural experiences abroad.  We recommend taking a peek at the Gilman Global Experience Blog.

We look forward to continued posts from two blog correspondents who will be staying in their host countries for an academic year.  They will be sharing their experiences through videos during the Spring 2012 semester!

Gilman Correspondents through Reach the World

The Gilman Scholarship Program continues to collaborate with Reach the World (RTW).  RTW is a unique nonprofit organization with the mission of linking students and teachers to online, global journeys that have the power to expand learning beyond the four walls of the classroom.  Through this partnership, the Gilman Program and RTW determine the Gilman recipients who will be participating as correspondents and relaying weekly journals and posts to young students in U.S. classrooms, giving teachers information to incorporate into their curriculum and for kids to learn more about another part of the world through a new friend.

The Gilman Scholarship Program and RTW selected 40 more Gilman Scholars as the Fall 2011 Reach the World Correspondents.  Although they have returned from their study abroad programs, we recommend taking a peek at their journeys here.

Reminder for Recent Returnees

Welcome back to the Gilman Scholars who have recently returned from your time abroad. We hope you had an amazing experience that was academically, professionally, and personally rewarding. There are just a few things to do to conclude your responsibilities to the Gilman Scholarship Program.  Further information and assistance with these responsibilities can be found on the Gilman website’s Resources for Alumni page at

  • Update your contact information: Please email us at to update your contact information. 
  • Online Evaluations: Upon your return from abroad all Gilman Scholars are required to submit a Scholarship Recipient Evaluation. This survey can be filled out online at the Gilman website's Resources for Alumni  page at   
  • Follow-on Service Projects: If you have not already started your Follow-on Service Project, please remember you have 6 months from the date of your return to the U.S. to complete your project and submit your report to the Gilman Scholarship Program. For assistance or guidance, visit the Gilman website's Resources for Alumni  page at or contact the Gilman Staff at
  • Stay connected The Gilman Scholarship Program has joined the social media movement in order to more actively engage with applicants, recipients, alumni, and advisors.  You can now follow us on Facebook (Gilman International Scholarship - Official Page), Twitter  and YouTube.   In addition, the Gilman Scholarship Program has a secure LinkedIn Alumni group.  Through this group, Gilman alumni and current scholars can share stories, discussions, and academic and professional development opportunities with one another.
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Spring 2012 Application Cycle Concluded – Summer & Fall 2012 Now Open!

The Gilman International Scholarship Program concluded the application cycle for eligible students studying abroad during the Spring 2012 semester. This cycle’s applications are once again of record proportions, of which we thank the Gilman Scholarship alumni and advisors for continuous efforts promoting the scholarship to students on your campus.  Nearly 2700 applications were received for close to 900 awards.  Spring 2012 applicants come from all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, represent over 600 institutions and want to study in nearly 100 different countries. 

The Gilman Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the online application is now available for students participating in study abroad programs during either the Summer 2012 or Fall 2012 or 2012-2013 Academic Year terms, with a deadline of March 1, 2012.   Even though as a recipient of the Gilman Program you are not eligible to apply again to receive a Gilman Scholarship, please share this information with your friends, peers, classmates, or during your Follow-on Service Project presentations.  You can also inform your audience that over 2,300 scholarships are being offered this academic year, so it's never been a better time to apply for a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad!