Four students from ACM colleges have received Gilman Scholarships to participate this fall in ACM off-campus study programs in India, Jordan, and Tanzania.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program aims to broaden the student population that studies and pursues internships abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
Gilman Scholarships are awarded through a competitive national selection process, with about one third of applicants receiving awards.
ACM Jordan Program students and their Arabic language instructor take a break during class.
Photo courtesy of Mark Muniz
More than 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad.
The four students participating in ACM programs this fall who received Gilman awards are:
- India: Culture, Traditions, & Globalization
Karolyn Grove, Lake Forest College
- Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies
Benjamin Meunier, Lawrence University
- Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins
Lily Galloway, Grinnell College
Jesse Okwu, Knox College
Overall, 14 students at ACM colleges were awarded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad in fall 2015 in countries ranging from Argentina to Ghana to Russia.
The Gilman Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is designed to:
- Encourage students to choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand;
- Support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities; and
- Assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
All Gilman Scholarship recipients are required to carry out a Follow-on Service Project that promotes international education and the Gilman Scholarship Program at the students’ home institution or in their home community.
To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a U.S. citizens, a Pell Grant recipient, and in good academic standing at her/his home college.