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About Gilman

If you are a Pell Grant recipient and a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

The Gilman Scholarship offers eligible students awards of up to $5,000 to help fund their study abroad. Students studying Critical Need Languages are eligible for an additional $3,000.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing program


How to Apply for Gilman
Steps to Apply

  1. All students are encouraged to attend a Gilman Information Session hosted by SCU Study Abroad in February to get in-depth information about the scholarship, application process, and essay requirements.
  2. Start your Gilman application. To review the application overview, click
  3. Have your scholarship essays reviewed by the Hub Writing Center by making an appointment. For further guidance, review the Gilman Scholarship Review Criteria worksheet.
  4. Submit Gilman application by student deadline. Summer and Fall program deadlines are typically in early March. Winter and Spring program deadlines are typically in early October. 
  5. After submission, SCU Study Abroad and Financial Aid will certify your application by the adviser deadline (a week after the student deadline). There is no need to notify either office that you have submitted your application.
Frequently Asked Questions

Check your SCU Financial Aid Award for a Pell Grant. Also, check with the Financial Aid Advisors by emailing

It may, depending upon your aid package. The SCU Financial Aid Office has federal, state and institutional guidelines they must follow when awarding financial aid packages. You can only receive financial aid (including scholarships, grants, and loans) up to the total study abroad program cost. The Gilman scholarship becomes part of your regular financial aid packaging, with the aim of replacing loan eligibility with scholarship funds where possible.

Please list the Study Abroad Advisor. If you are not sure who this is, visit the staff directory page to find the study abroad advisor.

  • Andrea Kwong - A-H
  • Raye Loftus - I-N
  • Stefani Blanco - O-V
  • Azucena Romero-Herrera - W-Z

No. Gilman’s online application system will automatically email us and the Financial Aid Advisor you listed on your application to let us know that you have submitted a Gilman application and to ask that we certify your application. We are very familiar with the Gilman here at Santa Clara University and are accustomed to certifying Gilman applications each quarter.

Students should utilize the Program Database and the Homepage of their program to gather the information needed to complete the application. If the information for your program is not available yet, you can refer to last year's information. Please email us at with any questions.

No. You do not need to contact SCU Study Abroad or the SCU Financial Aid about the submission of your Gilman Scholarship application. We are automatically notified of your submission. We will make sure your application is reviewed for certification by the adviser certification deadline (typically a week after the Gilman application deadline). Once the certification is completed, you will receive an auto-message from the Gilman Scholarship website.

SCU Study Abroad encourages students who are applying to the Gilman to email to discuss their follow on project ideas so that SCU Study Abroad can provide guidance, ideas, etc to enhance a student's ability to obtain a Gilman Scholarship.

Please visit the FAQ section of the Gilman website first, then contact us at with any remaining questions or concerns.

A. Gilman Podcast

The U.S. Department of State and the Gilman Scholarship Program is proud to introduce the A. Gilman Podcast. Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship program including application tips and tricks. Plus get advice straight from our alumni on all things travel, career, and more!