Maricopa Community College Students Receive Gilman Scholarship to Study in Japan

Gilman Scholarships

GateWay and Mesa community colleges are partnering to provide a study abroad experience for Maricopa Community College current and future students for Summer 2020. Both are pleased to announce that the following current students from Maricopa Community Colleges have received funding to study in Japan in Summer 2020:

Ci’Mone Rogers, GateWay Community College
Mariah Mayfield, Glendale Community College
Luz Rosas, Glendale Community College
Dwight Jackson, Jr., South Mountain Community College

These four students are just a few of the more than 840 undergraduate students from 335 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the spring/summer of 2020.

The Congressionally funded Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad.  Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman scholars who represent the rich diversity of the United States to 145 countries around the globe.

“Ci’ Mone is the sixth student from GateWay to receive this scholarship over the last three years,” said Heidi Hutchins, Business faculty member and the Japan study abroad program lead at GateWay. “This accomplishment is significant as our students are competing nationally for these scholarships.”

The Gilman Program aims to make study abroad, and its career advantages, more accessible and inclusive for American students. 

“These diverse American students gain critical skills overseas that expand their career options and ability to make an impact in their home communities,” said Heidi Manley, the Chief of USA Study Abroad at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  

According to Manley, the program particularly focuses on supporting first-generation college students, students in the STEM fields, ethnic and racial minority students, students with disabilities, students who are veterans, students attending community colleges and minority serving institutions, and other populations underrepresented in study abroad, as well as broadening the destinations where scholars study or intern.

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).

There is still time to participate in this study abroad opportunity. Application deadline is Feb. 14, 2020. Visit https://www.gatewaycc.edu/japan or https://www.mesacc.edu/study-abroad/japan-fukuoka for details.

The Gilman Scholarships is open here.

For all Maricopa Community Colleges study abroad, click here.

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