Gilman-McCain Scholarship 

Welcome to the Gilman-McCain Scholarship Application for Undergraduate Children of Active Duty Service Members

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.

The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

For more information on the Gilman-McCain Scholarship, please visit our website.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship application is currently open for in-person and virtual programs that start between May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022. This cycle encompasses Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Academic Year 2021-2022, and Spring 2022 programs.

**You must be a child dependent of an active duty service member in order to apply. You will NOT be able to submit this application without a copy of your military dependent ID.**

The deadline for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship application is August 1, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time (PT).  Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstance.

The certification deadline for advisors is August 8, 2021.

Informational videos are available on the Gilman website to help you with the application process. The videos provide an overview of the program, tips on how to compose a competitive essay and also walks-through the online application.

Be sure to submit your application before this deadline as late applications will not be accepted. View
Deadlines and Timelines for more details. 


To create an account, please click on the Register button in the right navigation menu.

To continue your application or access your user account, please provide your User Name and Password to log in.


Tips for starting your application:
- Check the 
eligibility requirements prior to starting your application
Gilman website as it has helpful information to assist you through the application process, including FAQs
Connect with the Gilman Program on social media, including announcements and videos.

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