The 2019 Gilman Alumni Ambassadors training took place from July 21-24 in Washington, D.C. Twenty-five ambassadors will represent the Gilman Program for a one-year term. The alumni ambassador role is to inspire other undergraduates to follow in their footsteps, provide practical advice and information to potential applicants and their study abroad advisors, and to be an advocate for the scholarship and education abroad.
Alumni ambassadors provide testimonials about their Gilman Scholarship experiences at campus presentations and conferences and offer application tips via written articles, videos, webinars, and special events. Although all Gilman Scholars represent the program in myriad ways, Gilman Alumni Ambassadors are selected for an elevated representative position, which includes a formal training in Washington, D.C. as well as professional development and networking opportunities throughout their term.
During the four-day training, ambassadors had the opportunity to meet with Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rick Ruth, site visits to the U.S. Department of State, and enjoyed a tour of Washington D.C followed by congressional advocacy meetings with IIE staff on Capitol Hill.
Gilman Alumni Ambassadors with Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rick Ruth.
Gilman Alumni Ambassadors gathered in the entry hall of the U.S. Department of State.
Gilman Alumni Ambassadors tour of Washington D.C.
Congressional advocacy meetings with IIE staff on Capitol Hill.