Gilman Scholarship Program

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The Gilman Scholarship provides up to $5,000 to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who receive federal Pell grants, are at least 18 years of age, and whose university-approved, credit-bearing study abroad program lasts at least 21 days. There are 2 cycles/deadlines each year. Students who are the child dependent of an active duty service member may also apply for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship. Eligibility requirements are similar though the student only needs to be receiving federally funded Title IV aid (Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, etc.). Applications for the Gilman-McCain are considered on a rolling basis. For additional information, see the Gilman website. Dr. Lee Penyak (lee.penyak@wmich.edu) serves as WMU's Gilman advisor. 

Eligibility:

  • Pell Grant recipient during the term of study abroad
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program
  • Minimum program length of 21 days in the same country
  • U.S. citizen

Application materials:

  1.  Online application
  2. Official transcripts for current university
  3. Two essays
    a. Statement of purpose
    b. Follow-up service project

Application deadlines:

  • Early March for summer, fall and year-long study abroad programs.
  • Early October for spring and summer study abroad programs.

To apply:

Contact Dr. Lee Penyak for an appointment to discuss the application process at lee.penyak@wmich.edu.

Review www.gilmanscholarship.org/ to learn more.

NOTE: Students who are the child dependent of an active duty service member may also apply for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship. This award provides up to $5,000 to students participating in credit-bearing study and internship abroad programs. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and receiving federally funded Title IV aid (i.e., Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), etc.).