UO ranks 9th nationally for Gilman Scholars, sends five abroad

EUGENE, Oregon (December 1, 2015) – The University of Oregon is ranked 9th in the country for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipients for spring 2016 programs.

Out of 11 Gilman scholarship applicants from the UO, five received the award. This is a 45% success rate, which is higher than the national average of one award in three applicants.

“The UO continues to be recognized as a leader in global education and as a top producer of Gilman Scholars,” said Dennis Galvan, vice provost for international affairs. “And our new study abroad office, Global Education Oregon (GEO) will continue to champion student access to innovative programs around the world.”

The UO is tied for 9th out of 358 colleges and universities across the U.S. in the highly competitive scholarship that helps students cover the costs of their study abroad program, research, or internship.

The rankings do not factor in the total student population of each campus. Given that most universities ranked higher than UO are much larger, some double UO’s size, if these awards were ranked per capita, UO would shoot up to the top five in the U.S. The UO had 27 Gilman Scholarship recipients during the 2014-15 academic year. 

“We encourage all Pell-eligible students to meet with a GEO study abroad advisor to learn more about this valuable scholarship opportunity, as well as study abroad opportunities available to all UO students,” said Kathy Poole, executive director of GEO.

The UO recipients are part of a total of 855 American undergraduate students from 358 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.


Spring 2016 UO Gilman Scholars:

Ghoncheh Azadeh
Hometown: Tracy, California
Major: Philosophy
Destination: University of Otago (New Zealand)

Taylor Barnhart
Hometown: Springfield, Oregon
Majors: Geological Sciences and Economics
Destination: University of Uppsala (Sweden)

Janea Pratt
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Majors: Japanese and International Studies
Destination: Waseda University Exchange (Japan)

Carmina Rodriguez-Ruiz
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Major: Spanish
Destination: Liberal Arts in Seville (Spain)

Jessica Weaver
Hometown: Lincoln City, Oregon
Major: Planning, Public Policy and Management
Destination: Internship (India)


Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards study abroad program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in applying for a Gilman Scholarship, call 346-3207 to set up an appointment with a GEO advisor, or stop by 333 Oregon Hall for drop-in study abroad and scholarship advising from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.    


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 Global Education Oregon (GEO)
GEO is a national study abroad program provider and the UO study abroad office, offering students more than 250 programs in 90 countries. GEO services a network of over 40 colleges and universities throughout the country. Within this network, GEO is a leader in the design, administration, and implementation of targeted academic study abroad programs.



Media Contacts:

Dennis Galvan
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Office of International Affairs

Kathy Poole
Executive Director of Global Education Oregon (GEO
Office of International Affairs