UT Austin Announced as a Gilman Top Producing Institution, No. 1 in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a top producing institution for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-2018. Seventy students from UT Austin received the Gilman Award to fund their study or internship abroad program in 2017-2018, more than any other institution in Texas.

This recognition marks UT Austin’s success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program.

“The University of Texas at Austin is committed to increasing access to education and internship abroad opportunities and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts to foster inclusion and diversity throughout the academic career of our students,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer.  “The Gilman Scholarship financial incentive is a life-changing opportunity for UT students to realize their goal of learning abroad.”

UT Austin was included among institutions in the category of Large Colleges and Universities (>15,000 undergraduates) in the announcement made by the U.S. Department of State recognizing the U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-2018. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list, organized by small, medium, and large four-year institutions, and associate’s colleges. 

“We are proud to be the leader in Texas for Gilman Scholarship awards and it is a great testament to the commitment of our staff and quality of our education abroad programs,” said Heather Thompson, director of study abroad. “Our Gilman Scholarship recipients were ecstatic to be selected and embraced the responsibility of sharing their study abroad experience with their peers, as well as the community.”

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, with the support of the U.S. Congress, is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students.  The Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate.  Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman scholars to nearly 150 countries around the globe.

For a full list of higher education institutions that sent Gilman Scholars overseas in 2017-2018, including top-producing institutions and those displaying the greatest growth in Gilman awardees as compared to last year, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.