August 6, 2020

Goucher College Named a Top Producer of Gilman Scholars

Goucher College is recognized as a national leader in broadening the population of students who study and intern abroad.

Goucher College is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Gilman International Scholarship students. Goucher has been recognized in the Students with Disabilities category. The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with critical skills.

“We are honored to be recognized as a leading institution in international studies, and we are proud of our student’s accomplishments and their scholarship around the world,” said Luchen Li, Director of Global Education at Goucher College. “As the college was one of the first in the nation to require study abroad as part of a student’s undergraduate experience, we remain committed to the importance of global education.”

Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, said, “We are proud to honor the colleges and universities who have made the 2018-2019 Gilman top-producing institutions list. The Gilman students from these institutions are among our current and future global leaders, and we know their future work will contribute greatly to U.S. national security and people-to-people ties.”

At Goucher, the Gilman competition is administered through the Office of Global Education. Eight students from Goucher received Gilman awards for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

The Gilman Scholarship Programs broaden the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The programs aim to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The programs also encourage students to study languages, especially critical need languages.

By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including first-generation college students, students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation.