Five Miami students named Gilman Scholars

Gilman recipients

Left to right: Hussein Al Mafrachi, Alexis Fields, Tea Gilbert, Bethel Hanson, and Hannah Horsington

Five Miami University students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to help fund their study abroad experiences this summer and during the coming academic year. The combined total awarded to these students is $20,000.

More than 1,500 U.S. undergraduate students have been selected to receive Gilman scholarship awards from the March 2021 application deadline. Recipients are American undergraduate students attending 467 U.S. colleges and represent all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Given the disruption of the pandemic, the Gilman Program will support students who are unable to start their programs abroad in their original destination or in the original timeframe by permitting students to defer to a program starting later or by supporting participation in a virtual study abroad or international internship program

Global Initiatives extends our congratulations to Miami's newest Gilman Scholars!

Studying Abroad in Summer 2021

Tea Gilbert

Major: Integrated English Language Arts Education and Fostering Just Communities
Program: Literary London

Bethel Hanson

Major: Psychology and Public Health
Program: CIEE Central European Studies in Czech Republic (delayed due to COVID)

Studying Abroad in Fall 2021

Hussein Al Mafrachi

Major: Computer and Information Technology
Program: Luxembourg Digital Innovation Semester

Hannah Horsington

Majors: Journalism and International Studies
Program: MUDEC - Luxembourg Semester

Studying Abroad in Spring 2022

Alexis Fields

Majors: Integrated Social Studies Education
Program: University of Glasgow Exchange

Learn More

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship program at Miami, please contact Karla Guinigundo, Director, Global Partnerships.

About the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent 33,000+ Gilman Scholars of diverse backgrounds to 151 countries around the globe. 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 said, “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 (ECA) and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE).