UC Students Receive $600,000 in Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad from U.S. State DepartmentDATE: 6/12/2013
For summer and fall 2013, 166 UC students were awarded prestigious Gilman Scholarships that provide education abroad participants greater access to much-needed funding.
Santa Barbara, CA (June 2013) — The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has announced that 166 University of California students were recently awarded Gilman Scholarships for study abroad in the summer and fall of 2013. The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad of up to $8,000 for each recipient.
UC students made up 10.6% of all awards distributed nationally by the Gilman Foundation in 2013, receiving $601,500 to date for the 2013-14 academic year. And while UCEAP accounts for 2% of the nation’s study abroad students, UCEAP students participating in the University of California’s systemwide study abroad program comprised 9.2% of all award recipients across the nation, receiving $539,000 in Gilman Scholarships. On average, UC students who chose UCEAP were awarded $900 more than their peers who studied abroad on a non-UCEAP program.
“These congressionally funded awards underscore the critical importance of international education, and the number of UCEAP awardees is a testament to the quality of our students and our program,” said Jean-Xavier Guinard, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program. "Students and parents who may never have considered study abroad in the past have learned about the academic and career benefits of going abroad on UCEAP. The Gilman Scholarship Program helps support our vision of study abroad for all by broadening the student population benefiting from our programs and by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The Gilman awards are an important reminder that study abroad is still an affordable aspect of undergraduate education and available to students with limited financial resources.”
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program focuses on applicants who are Pell Grant recipients, studying abroad for at least four weeks in one country, considering programs in “non-traditional countries” or programs that promote nationally recognized critical languages.
The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications two times per year. Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program is scheduled to begin. In addition to the Gilman Scholarship, students can also receive funding through UCEAP including more than $1 million in scholarships dedicated to expanding opportunities for UC students from all backgrounds and academic disciplines to study abroad. More information on scholarships is available on the UCEAP website scholarships page.