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Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Program

The Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Program was developed to diversify the kinds of students who study or intern abroad, based on ethnicity, first-generation, disabilities, underrepresented fields of studies. The program provides scholarships only to students who are recipients of Pell Grants, with funding available of of up to $5,000 for students to study or intern abroad.  An additional $3,000 is available for those students studying a critical language in a country in which that critical language is predominantly spoken.

CCU students are winning these awards!  $65,000 in Gilman Scholarships was awarded to 14 CCU students in 2021-22 and one award of $5,000 so far in 2022-23!

Please take a look at announcements of recent recipients:

Prior winners of this and other nationally competitive scholarships are available at: 

Want to learn more about the Gilman Scholarship?

Please take a look at the attached information pieces that will help you learn more about the program and begin your application!

Gilman Scholarship Program:  Composing Competitive Essays Tutorial

Follow On Service Project

Program Overview 

Think because you have a disability you can't study abroad?  Think again!  Gilman encourages and supports education abroad for students with disabilities to study abroad 

Want to go where others haven't gone before?  Gilman encourages Education Abroad in Non-traditional Destinations 


Watch the video testamonials of past Gilman recipients:

Dustin Ellis (Political Science major, Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain with an internship)

Hannah Tall (Psychology major, Study Abroad in Lima, Peru) -

Jeff Prasad (East Asian Cultures major, Study Abroad in Seoul, South Korea) - 

Alexa Montoya (Broadcast Advertising and Public Relations major, Study Abroad in Shanghai, China) 

See the information about CCU's first Gilman recipient, Mr. Jagger Weatherspoon. 


How do I get started on my Gilman Scholarship?

For more information about the program in general or to get started with your application, please go to the program webpage at Webinars are often held by the Gilman Program offices to help you develop your application and are always shown on the webpage above. 

Join us for upcoming on-campus information opportunities:

Monday, January 30, 2023 from 4:30 - 5:30pm in the Intercultural Language Resource Center (ILRC) in Brittain Hall 240

Wednesday, February 8 from 10am - 2pm - stop through the Education Abroad Expo being held in the Lib Jackson Student Union Rotunda to learn more 

Ready to get started? 

After you take a look at the online presentation, please reach out one of our campus Gilman Advisors to help get you started in our mentoring program to support you as you develop your application!