Northwestern was recognized Oct. 27 by the U.S. Department of State as being one of the top producers of Gilman Scholars over the past 20 years among medium-sized colleges and universities.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, coordinated by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has reshaped study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive by providing scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduate students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise be able to participate.
“The Gilman Scholarship allows our Pell students to thrive, both on our campus and through life-changing international opportunities,” President Morton Schapiro said. “I’m proud that Northwestern is a top producer of Gilman Scholars, because it underscores how a collaborative, holistic approach to advising can ensure students’ success on the global stage.”
Since the program began in 2001, 136 Northwestern students have received Gilman awards. The work of identifying and advising these students is a collaboration among the Office of Fellowships, the Global Learning Office and Financial Aid.
In all, more than 34,000 Gilman Scholars from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the world.
Pictured above: Giboom Park, a student in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, was initially set to travel to Spain before COVID-19. After a delay, she is now studying at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.