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UT Named a Top Producer of Gilman Scholars For Sixth Consecutive Year

  • Aug 5, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State as No. 2 in the U.S. for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program among large universities in academic year 2018-2019. Seventy UT Austin students received the Gilman Award to fund their study or internship abroad program in 2018-2019, making the university the top-producing institution in Texas.

The recognition demonstrates the university’s success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for U.S. students of all backgrounds.

“The University of Texas at Austin recognizes the excellence of each and every Gilman recipient on our campus—we are confident that these global experiences will contribute to our students' drive to change the world,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. “Now more than ever, we are determined to continue making international education more accessible with the Gilman Scholarship financial incentive, which enables extraordinary UT students to learn abroad and expand their horizons.”

To date, over 650 UT students have received a collective total of more than $2.3 million in Gilman awards, making UT one of the top five Gilman scholar-producing universities in the U.S. six years in a row.

Aerospace engineering senior and 2018 Gilman recipient Anthony Carreon is a first-generation student who was encouraged by one of his professors to study and intern abroad. He says the Gilman scholarship made living in Vienna, Austria possible, and he hopes to serve as an inspiration to other first-generation students.

“If I had not received a scholarship, I could not have studied abroad,” Carreon said. “The international education that I received has set me apart because now I am able to look at things through a more global lens.”

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. 

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.

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship