Three Seahawks Awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Friday, September 03, 2021

Three Seahawks have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship award, which provides financial support to students who want to study abroad or intern. The award is administered by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The newest Benjamin A. Gilman award recipients are Jebichiy Maritim, who is traveling to Costa Rica; Diandre Richie, who is traveling to Great Britain; and Toneasia Roberson, who is traveling to Italy.

“The Gilman awards incentivize and challenge students to really think through the education abroad experience before it happens and get those thoughts down on paper as part of the application,” said Michael Wilhelm, associate vice chancellor for international programs. “Students are motivated to clearly articulate goals and outcomes, and pushing boundaries in terms of location or language is rewarded.”

Award recipients are selected by a competitive process, which includes the submission of three essays and gaining approval by financial and study abroad advisors.

Scholarship grants provide students with up to $5,000, allowing them to study abroad for college credit. The grant covers expenses such as books and course materials, transcript fees, housing while abroad, meals, and local transportation in the host country.

According to the program website, the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship program encourages students to study in a variety of countries and pushes them to learn critical-need languages (those deemed important to national security)—like Arabic, Russian and Portuguese. Through supporting students in need of financial aid, the grant has provided funding to groups that may have been underrepresented, including students attending community college, ethnic minority students and first-generation college students.

The scholarship program is named after former New York Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, who helped create the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, which was instrumental in forming the scholarship program.

--Diego Berrocal