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The University of Hawaii at Mānoa is pleased to announce that 6 participants of the Mānoa International Exchange (MIX) Program have been chosen from among 335 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the 2021 academic year. MIX students were awarded scholarship funds in amounts ranging from $4,000 to $8,000. Awardees were slated to study on exchange in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan during the Spring 2021, Academic Year 2021 and Summer 2021 terms. Due to the pandemic, all awardees are able to defer their scholarship to the Fall 2021 term.
Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000, or up to $8,000 if also a recipient of the Gilman Critical Need Language Award, to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent over 33,000 Gilman Scholars of diverse backgrounds to 151 countries around the globe. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study. The Congressionally funded Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad.
“The Gilman Program aims to make study abroad, and its career advantages, more accessible and inclusive for American students. These diverse American students gain critical skills overseas that expand their career options and ability to make an impact in their home communities,” said Heidi Manley, the Chief of USA Study Abroad at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She notes that the program particularly focuses on supporting first-generation college students, students in the STEM fields, ethnic and racial minority students, students with disabilities, students who are veterans, students attending community colleges and minority serving institutions, and other populations underrepresented in study abroad, as well as broadening the destinations where scholars study or intern.
Students interested in applying for this prestigious award may contact the MIX office, and may find more information at www.gilmanscholarship.org.