On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship announced the 2017-2018 Gilman Impact Report during a panel discussion hosted by the Institute of International Education (IIE) at the United States Capitol. The panel was moderated by Maxmillian Angerholzer III, Executive Vice President of IIE. The panelists, the Honorable Marie Royce (Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)), Representative Terri Sewell (AL-7), Representative Jeffrey Fortenberry (NE-1), and Mrs. Georgia Gilman (wife of late Congressman Benjamin Gilman) discussed the impact of Gilman Scholarship in broadening the U.S. population that studies and interns abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. During the panel, Mrs. Georgia Gilman received an IIE Centennial Medal.
The Gilman Impact report found that the Gilman Scholarship promotes gains in global knowledge and cultural ambassadorship, develops global networks, contributes to U.S. campuses and communities, and provides study abroad opportunities to diverse students. The report also showed that nine out of ten Gilman Scholars shared their experiences while abroad, speaking to local communities, individuals, and institutions about the United States and the Gilman Scholarship. Eighty-nine percent of Gilman Scholars reported that the Gilman Scholarship had influenced their future educational and career plans while eighty-eight percent said they plan to pursue the field or profession they focused on during their Gilman study abroad or internship experience. One Gilman Scholar said that her year abroad in South Korea influenced her decision to focus on East Asia in her graduate work!
Click here to read the full 2017-2018 Gilman Impact Report.
Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
Gilman Alumnus Kamaal Thomas. Hong Kong Academic Year 2014-2015
(Left to Right) Mrs. Georgia Gilman, wife of late Congressman Benjamin Gilman and Representative Terri Sewell (AL-7)