The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides students with the opportunity to study or intern abroad, allowing them to develop skills critical to national security and economic prosperity. Each semester the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) offers Gilman Workshops to students interested in learning more about the scholarship, including application tips. Along with the workshops, students can also participate in a Gilman Essay Review workshop facilitated by the OEA. Students who participate in the Essay Review submit their essays to OEA staff and then meet one-on-one to receive constructive feedback so that they can improve their essays prior to submission.
The Gilman Scholarship Program reviewed over 7,000 applications during the January-March 2020 application cycle. The award amounts range from $3,000 to $5,000 per student. The OEA is proud to announce that the following nine* UNC Charlotte students who applied for awards have been selected as recipients:
- Payton Faunce, Germany
- Gracie Ferguson, England
- Miranda Haltom, Japan
- Kaila Haugabrook, Italy
- Gracen Morris, France
- Amal Salih, Spain
- Carlos Velez, Italy
- Ana Velez, Italy
Unfortunately, several of our Gilman Scholarship recipients were slated to study abroad Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. Due to the impact of COVID-19, outbound study abroad programs were cancelled for these terms. However, these students will have the ability to defer both their study abroad plans and their Gilman scholarships to next year, 2021.
To be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, students must be undergraduate US. citizens who receive the pell grant (for further eligibility requirements, refer to the Gilman’s website here). Students who are interested in learning more about the Gilman Scholarship can also refer to the OEA’s website here, where the Gilman Workshop and Essay Review Workshop information will be updated for future terms.
*Note that one of the recipients chose not to share their information