The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State as one of the U.S. colleges and universities that has sent the most scholars abroad under the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholars Program over the past year. academic year 2020-2021. The Gilman Scholarship expands access and equity in study abroad and international internship opportunities among U.S. undergraduate students with high financial need, and UAB has been honored as Best Production School in the Medium Size Category of a school of 5,000 to 15,000 students.
Since 2020, 30 UAB students have been selected as Gilman Scholars. While these numbers are exceptional and reflect the high caliber of Blazer students, these remarkably high and consistent numbers have come at a time of great turmoil and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are truly honored to be recognized by the U.S. Department of State as one of the top producing institutions of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship Program,” said Pam Benoit, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of academic affairs and provost. “UAB is proud to help our students gain a global perspective of other cultures, languages and economies through access to education and internship opportunities abroad. This distinction demonstrates the caliber of our programs and dedicated staff engaged in collaborative partnerships within the Office of Education Abroad, National and International Fellowships and Bursaries, Financial Aid, and the Writing Center.
The Gilman Scholarship aims to make study abroad experiences accessible to a more diverse student population and to give students the opportunity to better understand other cultures, countries, languages and economies, making them better prepared to take on leadership roles in government and the private sector. sector.
“UAB’s strong partnership with national and international scholarships and scholarships is the backbone of our students’ success with the Gilman Scholarship,” said Ashley Neyer, Director of UAB Education Abroad. “With the mentorship provided by the scholarships team, essay feedback from our writing center and extensive support from Education Abroad’s study abroad councils, we are able to identify and support students in their Gilman process. These cross-campus partnerships provide a holistic support system for UAB students to complement their Gilman Scholarship and truly create success for our applicants.
Students are selected for the Gilman Scholarship through a highly competitive application process. The program receives more than 10,000 applications each year and awards students up to $5,000 for their study abroad or internship program costs. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are U.S. undergraduate students attending 467 U.S. colleges and representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
“By recognizing top institutions with students studying abroad as Gilman Scholars, the United States continues to prioritize its commitment to providing access and equity to international experiences for all Americans,” said said Lee Satterfield, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs.
At the height of the COVID-19 global health pandemic, which created severe barriers for students to study abroad and participate in international educational exchanges, the Gilman Scholarship was able to support nearly 800 Gilman Scholars from 48 states and U.S. territories to study or intern, in person and virtually, in 77 locations around the world.
In addition, the Gilman program helps these students acquire the professional skills, language skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers. High-achieving and socioeconomically diverse American undergraduate students who study abroad with Gilman Program support also build relationships, foster mutual understanding, and represent American culture and values, including in developing countries. and countries critical to the national security of the United States. Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 35,000 Gilman Scholars from every U.S. state, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the world.
The Gilman Fellowship is a public diplomacy program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is implemented by the Institute of International Education.