The Gilman Alumni Ambassador Program is a diverse group of Gilman Scholarship recipients who have studied or interned abroad.
Gilman Alumni Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program. They provide testimonials about their Gilman Scholarship experiences at campus presentations and offer application tips via written articles, videos, webinars, and special events. The Gilman Alumni Ambassadors have been trained by the Gilman Scholarship Program.
Gilman Alumni Ambassadors
Home Institution: Northwestern University
As your ear becomes attuned to a new language, your other senses become more receptive, observing gestures and detecting sounds that lead you to realize the multiplicity of and necessity for communication.
Home Institution: University of Georgia
The Ghana service-learning program opened my eyes to critical needs concerning nutritional literacy and resources, both nationally and internationally.
Home Institution: McHenry County College
Country: Costa Rica
My experience abroad taught me not all classrooms have four walls.
Home Institution: Eastern Michigan University
My study and teach abroad program changed the direction of my life and directly led to my first career after college.
Home Institution: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
My self-identity has been recharged, and I possess a whole new perspective on it. It is now more necessary than ever to have a global presence and be represented.
Home Institution: Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
I developed a world view of appreciation, empathy, and respect.
Home Institution: University of Missouri-Kansas City
This experience gave me the confidence to believe I was on a path towards something greater.
Home Institution: Brigham Young University
It’s important for us to remember that not everyone shares our beliefs, customs, or traditions – and that’s okay. We have to step outside of our own bubble and try to understand the world from different perspectives.
Home Institution: Iowa State University
Country: United Kingdom
My experience taught me that I do not need to limit my college experiences to what I can afford, but to pursue the opportunities that I want to have.
Home Institution: Johnson County Community College
Studying at J.F. Oberlin University gave me the opportunity to live like the local students and immerse myself in their culture and knowledge.
Home Institution: Washington University, St. Louis
I learned how conservation works on a global level and how the desire to conserve natural places impacts the people who live in those places.
Home Institution: University of Delaware
Working with the HIV/AIDS Commission of Barbados, I had the opportunity to explore the roles that sexual health and habits play into the Caribbean culture, while also exploring the social work and mental health professions.
Home Institution: Ohio State University, Columbus
Studying abroad allowed me to observe first-hand the unique challenges faced by those on the front line of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, strengthening my passion for a career in public health.
Home Institution: University of South Florida
Country: Dominican Republic
The most impactful part of my experience was being able to share in daily life with my host family and experiencing the reality of life in communities on the north coast.
Home Institution: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Studying abroad truly changed the trajectory of my life. It offered me a unique competitive advantage that separated me from my peers.”
Home Institution: University of Washington
Studying abroad made world issues personal.
Home Institution: University of Oklahoma
What began as a simple trip abroad ended as a life-changing experience for myself and my passions.
Home Institution: The George Washington University
I was able to engage with the Persian language in a new manner, taught from a different perspective, in a foreign teaching method, all to my benefit in a country with a rich spoken and written Persian language history.
Home Institution: University of North Carolina, Pembroke
Country: United Kingdom
My study abroad experiences allowed me to meet one of the most important people in the world – me!
Home Institution: University of New Hampshire
The Gilman allowed me to study abroad as a STEM major, helping me develop as a person, make connections for future fellowships, and influencing me to pick up a second major.
Home Institution: Clemson University
The most rewarding part of my abroad experience was conversing in German with my Swiss grandparents for the first time.
Home Institution: Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Being a native of my study abroad country, I was able to connect and communicate with my students in a way that not many people did.
Home Institution: University of Denver
My greatest treasure from my time abroad is comprised of all the friendships I cultivated and the cultural exchanges they provided.
Home Institution: Alabama A&M University
Country: South Africa
Through study abroad as a Gilman Scholar, I fully developed my true purpose and passions in life.
Home Institution: San Francisco State University
Country: United Kingdom
I was merely existing in school searching for ways to survive. Gilman helped me to survive so that I could elevate.
Become an Alumni Ambassador
If you would like to request a Gilman Alumni Ambassador to present at your campus or if you are interested in becoming a Gilman Alumni Ambassador, please contact Gilman Scholars by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.