The U.S. Department of State recognized Berea College as one of the U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-2018. Berea was noted for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman program.
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list, organized by small, medium and large four-year institutions, and associate’s colleges.
Berea College was cited for success in seven categories:
o Top Producer: Small Colleges and Universities (less than 5,000 undergrads)
o Top Producer: First-Generation College Students
o Top Producer: Most Unique Destinations
o Top Producer: Students with Disabilities
o Top Producer: Racial and Ethnic Minority Students
o Greatest Growth: First-Generation College Students
o Greatest Growth: Students with Disabilities
“The Gilman Scholarship is an amazing financial incentive for students to realize their dream of studying abroad,” said Ann Butwell, Berea’s Education Abroad Advisor. “It is a tremendous honor for Berea College to be recognized for our efforts to practice diversity and inclusion as we build and implement education-abroad programs for our students. Our Gilman Scholarship recipients were thrilled to be selected, and they all embraced the responsibility of sharing their study-abroad experience afterwards with fellow students and the broader community.”
When Berea College students return to campus, they offer Gilman application workshops for fellow students. Butwell says they also fill work positions in Berea’s Center for International Education. As a result, their influence on peers has been so great that now more students are aware of the Gilman Scholarship than they are of our many other scholarships.
A full list of higher education institutions that sent Gilman Scholars overseas in 2017-2018, including top-producing institutions, those displaying the greatest growth in Gilman awardees, and application information is available at: www.GilmanScholarship.org.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, with the support of the U.S. Congress, is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students. The Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, more than 28,000 Gilman scholars have studied in nearly 150 countries.