CSB receives national honor for 20 years of Gilman Scholarships

Academics Student Features

October 28, 2021

The College of Saint Benedict has been recognized as one of top producers of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipients over the last 20 years.

CSB has produced 79 Gilman Scholarship winners over the past 20 years to rank No. 9 among small colleges (under 5,000 undergraduate students) nationally. CSB was one of three Minnesota colleges listed in the small colleges category.

Saint John’s University has produced 25 Gilman Scholarship recipients since 2001.

CSB and SJU students have received these scholarships for primarily semester programs, but also for some short-term and some embedded programs.

“It’s an honor to receive this national recognition from the Gilman Scholarship program,” said Kevin Clancy, director of the Center for Global Education at CSB and SJU. “This recognition celebrates the high-caliber of our students as well our determination to provide greater access to global education.”

Based on 20 years of data, the top 20 institutions were honored across four categories: small, medium and large institutions, plus associate degree granting institutions. Colleges and universities in 27 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were represented in the four categories, as were 33 minority serving institutions.

Throughout its 20-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.

This year, the Department of State’s Gilman Scholarship Program recognized 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.

Nationally, over 34,000 national Gilman Scholarship winners have studied or interned abroad in 155 countries since 2001. They represented over 34,000 students and hailed from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees.

The Congressionally Funded program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State is named after the late congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York. With his support, the program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Shortly thereafter in 2002, Gilman retired after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.

CSB and SJU students interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year should contact Jessica Dickau, assistant director in the Center for Global Education. 

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