U.S. Department of State and Global Wales Announce Partnership to Support the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

May 30, 2019
Through this arrangement, Global Wales will commit $25,000 over the next two years to support Gilman Scholars to study and/or intern for academic credit at Welsh higher education institutions. This funding will be matched by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
 
“Through the Gilman-Global Wales partnership, more American students from all backgrounds will have the opportunity to study or intern abroad and share the rich diversity of our country as citizen diplomats overseas. This partnership reflects our collective efforts to increase and diversify U.S. student participation in study abroad and is an affirmation of the close cooperation between the United States and Wales,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce.
 
Wales’s Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, said, “I passionately believe in education as a force to build bridges between our two countries and, as someone who spent a year at university in Missouri, I know first-hand the value of studying abroad. It was people from Wales that helped establish some of America’s great universities, such as Brown and Yale. In the same pioneering spirit, we’re inviting young Americans to study in Wales, learn about our country and, most importantly, enjoy their experience of living and studying here.”
 
The Gilman Program, funded by the U.S. Government, expands the U.S. population that studies and interns abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding American undergraduate students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise have this opportunity. Since the Gilman Program’s inception in 2001, more than 30,000 Gilman Scholars, representing all U.S. states and territories, have studied or interned in nearly 150 countries around the globe. Of the over 3,000 American undergraduate students supported by the Gilman Program each year, almost half are the first in their families to attend college.
 
ECA is dedicated to fostering mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. ECA accomplishes its mission through people-to-people exchanges, including educational exchanges, providing opportunities for over 50,000 individuals annually to participate.
 

For further information about the Gilman Scholarship or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov and visit our websites at http://www.GilmanScholarship.org/ and https://studyabroad.state.gov/. Students applying to the Gilman Program for study or internships in Wales will automatically be considered for this Gilman-Global Wales award.