The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program from the U.S. Department of State that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding and who want to apply for a credit-bearing international program or virtual program of at least three weeks.
At Lehigh, the Study Abroad Office, the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Fellowship Advising work together to help students apply to the program. We have had more than 30 Lehigh students receive Gilman Scholarships in the last few years.
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your intention to apply for the program before the deadline.
Meet with your Study Abroad Advisor to select a program and create a budget
Contact the Office of Financial Aid
Notify your Financial Aid counselor that you plan to apply for the Gilman Scholarship and verify that you are currently receiving a Pell Grant
Complete the OFA Advising Intake Form.
An Office of Fellowship Advising (OFA) staff member will contact you to arrange a meeting
Draft your application essays and outline. Share them with your OFA advisor via Google docs
Visit the Writing & Math Center for more feedback on your essays
Your final draft essays will go through our Blind Review process
Request an official transcript from the Registrar
Allow at least two weeks before the Gilman Scholarship application deadline to receive your transcript
Review your budget with your Study Abroad Advisor before applying
Submit your scholarship application
Send your final essays, transcript and other materials through the application portal at least three days before the deadline