The Evergreen State College is a 20-year top producer of Gilman scholars

November 17, 2021
An Evergreen student studies a pamphlet about studying abroad in Peru.

OLYMPIA — The Evergreen State College was recognized on October 27, 2021 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for having produced the most Gilman recipients over the past twenty years in the following category “Top Producer.”

“For 50 years, Evergreen has made a great college education affordable,” said John Carmichael, President of The Evergreen State College. The Gilman Scholarship program makes a critical part of that education – international study – accessible to Evergreen students. We’re proud of the recognition and support our students receive through the Gilman Scholarship program.”

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is proud to announce the 20-year anniversary of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and its Top Producing Institutions over the past twenty years. Throughout its twenty-year history, the Department of State’s Gilman Program has reshaped study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students by providing scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduate students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 34,000 Gilman Scholars from all U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the globe.

Last month at the Diversity Abroad conference, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ethan Rosenzweig virtually announced the U.S. colleges and universities that have sent the most Gilman Scholars abroad over the past two decades. These institutions were recognized for their support of equity, diversity, and accessibility in study abroad for American students through the Gilman Program. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the lists, which are organized by institution size and degree-awarding category. 

Based on 20 years of data, the top 20 institutions in four categories are being honored: small, medium, and large institutions and associate-awarding institutions. Colleges and universities in twenty-seven states, plus D.C. and Puerto Rico, are represented, as well as thirty-three Minority Serving Institutions.

As the recent Department of State and Department of Education Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education noted, “All Americans need to be equipped with global and cultural competencies to navigate the ever-changing landscapes of education, international business, scientific discovery and innovation, and the global economy.”

To learn more about the Gilman and Gilman-McCain Scholarships and how their diverse alumni are pursuing impactful careers in the government, non-profit, and private sectors, contact and visit  The website includes a full list of the institutions by category, and additional information on the Gilman Program’s 20th anniversary.

The Gilman competition is administered at The Evergreen State College through the Office of International Programs and Services located within Academic and Career Advising. More information about The Evergreen State College’s Study Abroad Experience can be found at