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Congratulations to Drexel's Summer 2019 Gilman Scholarship Honorees!

May 13, 2019

Five Drexel students have received Gilman Scholarships for summer 2019, and one has been named an alternate. The prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supports American undergraduate students pursuing study abroad and international internships. Congratulations to all of Drexel's honorees!

Esther Han headshotEsther Han (BS Biological Sciences '21)
Gilman Scholar to South Korea
With support from the Gilman Scholarship, Esther will be studying abroad at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea.


Aaron Lam headshotAaron Lam (BSBA Marketing '21, Honors)
Gilman Scholar to South Africa
With support from the Gilman Scholarship, Aaron will be completing a co-op in South Africa.


Miranda Russo headshotMiranda Russo (BS Criminology and Justice Studies '21)
Gilman Alternate to Ireland and Jordan
Miranda will be studying abroad in the summer quarter of 2019 for a Peace and Conflict studies and intensive Arabic language program in Dublin, Ireland and Amman, Jordan.

Joann Wong headshotJoann Wong (BSBA Finance and Accounting '20)
Gilman Scholar to Hong Kong
With support from the Gilman Scholarship, Joann will be studying abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


    *The list does not include the students who declined to have their names published online.

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides U.S. undergraduate students with financial support to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing internships abroad. The program supports many students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation.

    Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship and how to apply at Drexel.

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    U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships Awarded for Summer 2019

    The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that five students from Drexel University have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or co-op abroad during the summer of 2019, and one has been named an alternate. The complete list of Gilman recipients, including their home states, universities and host countries, is available on the Gilman website:

    Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs with additional funding available for the study of a critical language overseas.  The Gilman Scholarship supports American undergraduate students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad and, since 2001, has enabled more than 28,000 outstanding Americans of diverse backgrounds to engage in meaningful educational experiences abroad. The program has successfully broadened U.S. participation in study abroad, while emphasizing countries and regions where fewer Americans traditionally study.

    The late Congressman Gilman, for whom the scholarship is named, served in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee. When honored with the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, he commented, “Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but adds an enriching social and cultural experience.  It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

    The Gilman Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).


    The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States. ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities.  Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges.  For more information about ECA programs, initiatives, and achievements, visit

    The Institute of International Education works with policymakers, educators and employers across the globe to prepare students and professionals for the global workforce and equip them to solve the increasingly complex challenges facing our interconnected world. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 18 offices and affiliates worldwide, and over 1,300 member institutions.