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Education New Zealand (ENZ) U.S. Department of State and Education New Zealand (ENZ) have each committed $50,000 over the next two years to support at least 10 additional Gilman Scholars will study abroad at New Zealand universities over the next two years.
With support from a new partnership with Airbnb, the U.S. Department of State sent additional U.S. undergraduate students to China this academic year to pursue studies. The selected students received scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which enables undergraduates of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.
University of Delaware undergraduates Julian Jackson and Richard Egan have begun their first global experiences thanks to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.
The Gilman Scholarship program, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, awards competitive grants to students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.
Jackson, a senior mass communication major and McNair Scholar, is currently studying abroad on a Winter Session program in Panama, where he is completing the final courses needed to graduate this spring with a minor in Spanish, in addition to two others in black American studies and journalism.
For too long, study abroad opportunities have been out of reach for lower income students. Scholarships for such programs are limited, and participants aren’t able to work while participating. But new research on the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship highlights the value of having a study abroad experience, no matter your financial situation.
In 2015, 2,800 Gilman scholarships were awarded. Participants must meet similar requirements to Pell Grants, and both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Even as study abroad has expanded, programs have remained overwhelmingly white. The Gilman Evaluation Report covering the first 15 years of the scholarship’s existence points to success in diversifying which students have international experiences.
Jeffrey Wood, a Gilman and Boren scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year, interviewed First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, while in China. Wood participated in Discovery Education’s “Of the People: Live from the White House” online broadcast.