UO named a top producer of Gilman Scholarship recipients

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The University of Oregon was named one of the nation’s 20 bestsellers for Gilman Scholars as part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Benjamin A. The prestigious Gilman International.

The announcement comes after UO surpassed its record for the most Gilman Awards in a single year with 30 students receiving the scholarship in 2021 alone. The U.S. Department of State, which administers the Gilman Program, has recognized the university as one of the 20 most productive schools in the Large Universities category with 293 Gilman scholars since the program began in 2001.

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The Gilman Scholarship is one of the most competitive national scholarships for undergraduate students looking to fund their studies or training abroad. The scholarship makes studying abroad easier for distinguished and diverse American students with high financial needs who do not have the funding for an international academic experience.

“We believe transformative international experiences should be accessible to all students,” said Dennis Galvan, Dean and Vice President of Global Engagement. “We are pleased to see that many UO students have had the opportunity to study abroad largely because of the Gilman Scholarship.”

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Global Education Oregon, the study abroad office within the Global Engagement Division, offers more than 300 study and internship programs in more than 90 countries. A year after nearly all study abroad programs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students are now able to study abroad in most of the countries previously offered. Including 30 Gilman scholarship recipients, nearly 300 students studied abroad in 2021, primarily in Western Europe and Asia.

Galvan said that studying abroad is not only an opportunity for students to learn and grow as individuals but also to broaden their worldview in a way that promotes success in their future careers. The Gilman Scholarship expands that professional and personal opportunity for application to hundreds of UO students from underrepresented and marginalized communities who may not be able to study or train abroad.

“The Gilman Scholarship is one of the most important and powerful scholarships available,” Galvan said.

Combined with UO’s diverse study abroad portfolio, the admissions office has found that the high acceptance rate of UO students for the Gilman Scholarship is beneficial in recruiting top students to UO.

“Admission shares our commitment to increasing access to study abroad among students with high financial needs,” Galvan said.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 25 percent of 2019 graduates studied abroad.

Galvan also commended the work that Luis Ruiz, Assistant Principal for Student Success, has done to help students enhance their Gilman applications. In the most recent application cycle for the Gilman scholarship, the acceptance rate for UO students was 86 percent.

Written by Sam Jones, Global Engagement Division

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