Gilman Scholarship Program

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The Gilman Scholarship provides study abroad and internship awards to undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. Gilman awards up to $4,000 for fall and spring study abroad programs and $3,000 for summer programs. WMU has students receive Gilman awards almost every semester, often thanks to the application advising offered by WMU Study Abroad. Dr. Lee Penyak, Director of Study Abroad, serves as the Gilman advisor and can be reached at


  • 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

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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.). Applications are considered on a rolling basis (no deadline), but interested students are urged to contact Dr. Penyak ( as early as possible if intending to applying for this funding.