PJ Austin’s account of his experience as recipient of the Gilman Scholarship

Need financial aid for your summer abroad? Apply for U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program.

The program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. Gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures and become a contributor to the international community!

The Gilman Scholarship was created in memory of the late congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York. This is a congressionally funded program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must be U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

P.J. Austin, a graduating senior studying Political Science and recent recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, gives his account of his experience this past summer abroad:

This past summer I was given the opportunity to Study Abroad as a Gilman Scholar in the Exeter College Summer Program at Oxford University in the U.K. It was by far the best summer of my life and I will never forget the experience! I gained invaluable perspective being immersed in English culture and adapting to life outside of the U.S. The academic studies were rigorous and enriching and allowed me to further my knowledge of English common law and legal theory. Socially, the program allowed me to meet and befriend bright and welcoming students from all over the world. My amazing experience would not have been possible without the financial support of the Gilman Scholarship. I encourage any student hesitant on studying abroad due to financial constraint to apply because I also had similar reservations.