UO recognized again as top producer of Gilman scholars

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipients for spring 2013 were announced this week. Of the more than 2,300 scholarships awarded this year, the UO tied for sixth in the nation with a total of 10 recipients.

Overall, 52.6% of UO students who completed an application received a Gilman Scholarship for Spring 2013. Three students received the maximum $5,000 grant and another five received grants above $4,000. No one received less than $3,000.

"Many of the other universities at the top of the Gilman ranking are much larger than the University of Oregon, which makes our achievement even more remarkable,” said Roger Adkins, associate director of Study Abroad Programs. “The fact that we do as well as many larger universities says a great deal about the support that we provide our students as they apply for distinguished scholarships."

The UO tied for sixth place against UMASS Amherst, UC Santa Barbara, North Carolina State University and Boston College.

"The UO is proud of this accomplishment, a signal that our efforts to internationalize the campus, and ensure access for students regardless of means, continue to bear fruit," said Dennis Galvan, vice provost of international affairs.

During the 2013 winter and spring terms, the UO Gilman recipients will be participating in study abroad programs and internships in Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Morocco, Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, and the Netherlands.

“The distinction of being among the top ten universities in the Gilman ranking can only be achieved by having a talented and dedicated group of students, along with a staff committed to supporting and working with those students to achieve their goals,” added Luis Ruiz, study abroad and Gilman Scholarship coordinator.

A total of eight UO students travelled abroad using a Gilman Scholarship in fall 2012. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the UO produced a total of 33 Gilman Scholars.

List of Top Producers of Gilman Scholars nationwide:

1. UC Berkeley — 36 recipients
2. George Washington University — 21 recipients
3. University of Maryland — 16 recipients
3. San Francisco State University — 16 recipients
4. University of Florida — 12 recipients
4. Temple University — 12 recipients
5. UTEP — 11 recipients
5. University of Minnesota — 11 recipients
5. Evergreen State College — 11 recipients
6. University of Oregon — 10 recipients
6. UMASS Amherst — 10 recipients
6. UC Santa Barbara — 10 recipients
6. North Carolina State University — 10 recipients
6. Boston College — 10 recipients
7. American University — 9 recipients
7. San Diego State University — 9 recipients
7. University of Arizona — 9 recipients
7. University of Arkansas Fayetteville — 9 recipients
7. University of Illinois Champagne — 9 recipients
7. University of Puerto Rico — 9 recipients
7. University of Southern California — 9 recipients
7. University of Texas San Antonio — 9 recipients
7. University of Wisconsin Madison — 9 recipients
8. NYU — 8 recipients
8. Portland State University — 8 recipients
8. Spring Arbor University — 8 recipients
8. Spelman College — 8 recipients
9. Rutgers University New Brunswick — 7 recipients
9. University of Hawaii Manoa — 7 recipients
10. City University of New York Hunter College — 6 recipients
10. Grand Valley State University — 6 recipients
10. Kennesaw State University — 6 recipients
10. Macalester College — 6 recipients
10. Northern Arizona University — 6 recipients
10. Ohio University Athens — 6 recipients
10. University of New York New Paltz — 6 recipients
10. Syracuse University — 6 recipients

About the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

About Study Abroad Programs in the University of Oregon
UO Study Abroad Office manages more than 170 study and internship programs in 90 countries worldwide. The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

By Chakris Kussalanant
Office of International Affairs