Students of The Evergreen State College have been selected for The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
In all, eight students received a total of $18,500 to apply to their upcoming study abroad costs.
The Gilman Scholarship is a grant program of the U.S. Department of State. It enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.
Evergreen was awarded more individual scholarships this year than any other college in the state.
Students plan to study in Benin, The Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Nepal, Panama and Uganda.
Since the Gilman Scholarship was established in 2001, 213 Evergreen students have received $833,100 in awards so far.
This round of scholarship recipients include: Andy Lai, Brittanyana Pierro, Daniel Hagelberg, Rayni Lussier, Rowan Green, Sandra Hammond, Victoria Goetz and William Patton. One student declined to make their name public.
“The eight Evergreen recipients for Gilman are about to embark on a life-changing journey that will both broaden their perspective on peoples and cultures of the world, as well as deepen their understanding of U.S. culture here at home,” said Michael Clifthorne, Assistant Director, Office of International Programs.
“It is no surprise that Evergreen, though a smaller school, is a leader in Gilman awardees,” he said. “Its values closely match those of Gilman: getting a diversity of American faces and voices into the world to learn, grow, share with others, and explore ideas for a better world for all.”
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two- or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad.
“Gilman is first and foremost about supporting diversity: diversity of who studies abroad, how they study abroad, and where they go. First generation students, students with disabilities, students of color, non-traditional age students, STEM majors, even the student aspiring to become a math teacher will find hope and opportunity through Gilman,” said Clifthorne.