HWS Honored as Leading Gilman Scholar Producer – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

HWS Honored as Leading Gilman Scholar Producer

The Gilman International Scholar program, facilitated by the U.S. State Department, recognized HWS among the top producing institutions of the past 20 years.

This month, Hobart and William Smith were recognized as a “Small Institution, 20-year Gilman Top Producer.” During the past two decades, dozens of HWS students have earned the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Administered by the U.S. Department of State, the highly competitive national grant program provides up to $5,000 for students to study or intern abroad. Most recently in 2019, five HWS students were named Gilman Scholars.

“The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship program was established to expand access to study abroad opportunities, and that has certainly been the case here at HWS,” says Dean of Global Education Tom D’Agostino. “Over the past 20 years, many, many students have benefitted, enabling them to participate in study abroad programs. We are always striving to encourage more students to take advantage of the opportunities we provide to gain valuable international experience, and the generous funding through the Gilman program has been a key part of our efforts to increase participation, particularly among underrepresented groups.”

The recognition is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Gilman Program and its partnership with the U.S. higher education community to make study abroad more accessible to outstanding and diverse American students who otherwise may not have the funding for an international academic experience.   

Those applying for funding through the Gilman International Scholar program must complete a competitive application process involving essays and a proposal for a project upon returning to the U.S.

In the photo above, Morgan Nelis ’21, Alexis Raccipoa ’21, Kevin Cervantes ’21 and Mariah Reinke ’21 pose in front of the Berliner Dom in Berlin, Germany.