Thirteen GW Students Win National Scholarship for Study Abroad

Junior Joy Finneran, Study Abroad Advisor Taylor Wood, junior Samah McGona and junior Alexandra Copeland.
August 05, 2013

Thirteen George Washington students have received over $50,000 in scholarship awards from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program for the fall 2013 semester. This congressionally-funded scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The George Washington University ranked first in the number of overall awardees in the Washington region and tied for fifth place nationally. This marks the second consecutive semester of growth for GW Gilman awardees and a doubling of the number of GW students receiving the Gilman Scholarship since last fall.  The thirteen students will be traveling to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America to study in academic programs during the 2013 fall semester and academic year.

GW students interested in studying abroad who receive a Pell Grant are required to meet with a study abroad advisor and the GW Gilman Alumni Organization to review the Gilman application process. The growth in the number of awardees over the past year can be attributed to collaboration between the Gilman Alumni Organization and the Office for Study Abroad to create innovative recruitment and advising techniques for eligible study abroad students.

GW Gilman Alumni Organization

The GW Gilman Alumni Organization’s mission is to uphold the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program goal of increasing the awareness of the importance of an international education. The organization strives to maintain a cohesive network of Gilman alumni at the George Washington University and provide support and cooperation for follow-up projects. It also serves as a platform for Gilman alumni to connect with and share stories about their experiences with fellow students and the local community, and as a resource center for Gilman alumni and current and prospective Gilman Scholars at GW.


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The Gilman Scholarship Recipients were recently featured in a GW Today article.