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Gilman Scholarship Recipients Hit Record High

May 15, 2019

Twenty-six students and four alternates were chosen for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the summer 2019 cycle, bringing the total for FY19 to 36. “Our efforts to expand our international student award recognitions have really paid off” said Jaime Ortiz, vice provost for global strategies and studies at UH. “We’ve increased the number of Gilman scholars by 227% since FY18.”

2019 Gilman Scholars
Recent recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
Chart depicting number of Gilman Scholarships by year
UH has steadily increased the number of Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipients since fiscal year 2015.

Learning Abroad has invested heavily in increasing awareness and applications for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Individuals applying through the University receive support from Learning Abroad advisors.

“The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides many of our students with access to programs abroad and opens them up to a world of possibilities” said Maggie Mahoney, Learning Abroad advisor. “Mentoring and helping them develop their stories and applications is an inspiration to us and we will continue growing our advising support each year to further support them in their efforts.”

Learning Abroad also partnered with the Writing Center to offer targeted scholarship and writing workshops starting in fall 2017. Since that time, 46 UH students have been recipients of $152,500 in awards.

“This scholarship is one of many on a national level where University of Houston students are increasingly competitive and see increased recognition” said Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “By participating in international scholarships like this one, students are exposed to new experiences and opportunities that will shape their future careers.”

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a nationally competitive grant program that enables students of limited financial means to participate in various faculty-led, exchange, and affiliated learning abroad programs across the globe. Recipients of the scholarship receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs.