The Gilman Scholarship is a scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. To qualify for the Gilman Scholarship, you must meet these guidelines:
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or have proof that you will be receiving one in the term you are studying abroad.
- Applying to a study abroad program within two weeks for community colleges and three weeks for four-year institutions.
- The country you want to study in cannot be on the U.S. Travel Warning list.
- Be an undergraduate at an accredited institution. (Can be a two-year or four year institution.) (All information is from the Gilman Scholarship website.)
In order to be considered for the Gilman Scholarship, you have to write two essays.
The first essay is your Statement of Purpose. This is an essay explaining why you want to study abroad in the country you chose. You address how studying abroad will affect the personal, educational and professional goals you have for yourself. On their website, they have questions for you to think about while writing the essay.
The second essay is an essay talking about your Follow On Service Project. The purpose of this essay is to explain how you will spread the word about the Gilman Scholarship within your community or on your school campus. The essay is your project proposal, so you do have to think critically about what project you want to do. The sky is the limit as to what you decide to do. You must finish the project within 6 months of returning to the U.S.
My next blog post will be going more in depth about the Statement of Purpose and the Follow on Service Project. I will be giving some tips to help you write as well as some advice that I wish I had had when writing my essays.
Thanks for reading!