The U.S. Department of State has announced the U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-2018. The University of California, Merced has been recognized for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program.
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list, organized by small, medium, and large four-year institutions, and associate’s colleges.
The University of California, Merced has been cited for success in the following categories:
- Top Producer: First-Generation College Students
- Greatest Growth: Medium Colleges and Universities (5,000-15,000 Undergrads)
- Greatest Growth: First-Generation College Students
“The Gilman Scholarship is a wonderful financial incentive and program for students to realize their dream of studying abroad. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our efforts to practice diversity and inclusion as we build and implement education abroad programs for UC Merced students. Our Gilman Scholarship recipients were ecstatic to be selected and embraced the responsibility of sharing their study abroad experience with their peers, as well as the community.” – Craig R Harmelin, UC Merced
For a full list of higher education institutions that sent Gilman Scholars overseas in 2017-2018, including top producing institutions and those displaying the greatest growth in Gilman awardees as compared to last year, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website at www.GilmanScholarship.org.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, with the support of the U.S. Congress, is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students. The Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman scholars to nearly 150 countries around the globe.
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