Deadline: Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has opened the online application for students participating in credit-bearing study abroad programs and international internships during the spring 2017 and summer 2017 terms.  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries where they go.  The Gilman is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA), in the U.S. Department of State. The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the implementing partner to ECA administering the Gilman International Scholarship Program. Since the program’s inception in 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded over 22,000 U.S. undergraduates of high financial need to study and intern abroad in over 140 countries from more than 1,200 institutions.

All USF students must apply via the USF Office of National Scholarships. To get started, visited ons.usf.edu 

Students applying for any academic term must meet the eligibility requirements below:

* Be a United States citizen undergraduate student at an accredited two- or four-year U.S. institution in good standing
* Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term abroad
* Applying to or accepted into a study abroad program or internship eligible for academic credit by the student’s home institution
* Participating in a study abroad program or international internship that is no less than four weeks (28 days) – or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students – in one country and no more than an academic year
* Studying or interning in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning. Students applying to programs in Mexico may only apply for scholarships to support study in Mexican states where no advisory is in effect according to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

Spring 2017 applications, as well as Summer 2017 early applications are both due Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by 11:59pm (central).

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting the Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. If you are Pell Grant eligible, you should apply for the Gilman!

The deadline for a summer scholarship is the first Tuesday of March, but the Gilman is now accepting early applications for the October deadline (first Tuesday of October) to consider applicants ahead of March applicants! That means if you submit your application now, you will be in a smaller pool of applicants and increase your chances of getting the scholarship for summer.

Students who want to apply for the Gilman must make an appointment with Gloria Munoz at the Office of National Scholarships (ALN 241). Email her at gloriamunoz@honors.usf.edu to schedule a meeting now.

Learn about the Gilman Scholarship

Interested in studying abroad on a scholarship?

Attend an upcoming Gilman Information Session with the Office of National Scholarships to learn how and why you should apply for the Gilman Scholarship Program. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

The Gilman eligibility requirements include:

Pell Grant recipient
• Minimum 4-week study abroad program (in any country except Cuba or DOS’s Travel Warning List)
• U.S. Citizenship
• Full-time Undergraduate


The sessions will be held Tuesday, June 23 at 3pm in ALN 252 and Wednesday, July 22 at 10am in ALN 252. Sign up for a workshop at http://ons.usf.edu under the Upcoming Events Calendar.

Deadline: Gilman Scholarship

The online application for the Gilman International Scholarship Program is now open for students participating in study abroad programs and internships during the summer 2015 and fall 2015/academic year 2015-2016 terms.  The Gilman Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.  For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources, including subscription to Gilman Advisor Newsletters, please visit the Gilman website.

Any USF student wanting to apply to Gilman must go through USF’s Office of National Scholarships.

Summer 2015 & Fall/AY 2015-2016 online applications are due March 3, 2015.

 

Interview with Boren, Gilman, and Critical Language Scholarship Recipient: Hiram

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Hiram Rios is a graduating senior studying Economics and International Studies with a minor in Chinese Language. While at USF, he has participated in four study abroad programs, including “China: Learning in the Culture Tier I,” “China: History and Culture” with the Honors College, “Germany: Beyond the Classroom,” and the State Department’s “Critical Language Scholarship” program in Suzhou, China. Additionally, he has received four national scholarships to fund his studies including an $80,000 international affairs fellowship that includes a five-year contract in his dream career in the Foreign Service. Furthermore, he has a received a Boren National Security Scholarship and a Gilman International Scholarship.

What are the top reasons you decided to study Chinese?

Music was my first passport to China. I have played violin for over a decade now, and when I was 14 years old I was offered a spot performing in the ‘Salute to the 2008 Beijing Olympics’ orchestra in China. Prior to that experience I knew little about China, but after performing at and touring the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, and Olympic Plaza in Beijing as well as the Bund in Shanghai, a Pandora’s Box of curiosity had opened. Therefore, my top reasons for studying abroad in China while at USF were the opportunity to re-live those cherished memories, to get a more in depth look at the history and philosophy I had studied, and most importantly, to master the Chinese language in pursuit of employment with the U.S. Foreign Service.

If you were to compare yourself now to who you were before studying abroad, how are you different?

It is undeniable that study abroad transforms a person. In my eyes, I have grown into a different person after each and every study abroad opportunity as I learn and integrate positive aspects of each culture I visit into my life. When I first came back from performing in the Olympic Orchestra in 2008, I felt myself consumed in a hunger for knowledge and a curiosity for adventure that I had never experienced before. That trip opened the floodgates to ‘freedom’ in the sense that fear never holds me back from exploring new places (domestically or outside of the U.S.). Now I am prone to taking weekend trips around Florida, or even to D.C. or New York. After returning to China in 2013 for two USF programs and an independent study, I returned with a renewed discipline and appreciation for balance. I began meditating as a way to control stress and found myself working at 110%, which even then felt little compared to my course load in China. From my trip to Germany and subsequent return to China, I gained an increased interest in international politics, and now I find myself reading more from Xinhua News, Der Spiegel, the China Morning Post, and the Shanghaiist than I read on Facebook. Every student will have a different experience abroad, but I personally developed myself cognitively and feel that I am more independent, mature, informed, curious, and confident than ever before.

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