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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 spend at least 21 days abroad studying in a single country.  An additional $3,000 is available for those students studying a critical language in a country in which that critical language is predominantly spoken.

Want to learn more?

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. 


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.  Review also the Gilman Program Information Sheet_2019 with focused help on the required short essay and follow on project.

Ready to get started? 

After you take a look at the online presentation, please reach out one of the Gilman Advisors [Lori Patterson (, Rachel Massey ( or Darla Domke-Damonte (] to get started in our mentoring program to help you develop your application.  You will bring to the first mentoring meeting a draft of your essays, overview of your education abroad program for which you are applying for the grant, and your contact information and availability (days/times).  


Upcoming Information Sessions to Learn More: 

Informational webinars: 

Thursday, September 19 beginning at 7pm ( click to enter link) :

Others will be posted here so check back for future webinars!