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Study Abroad Scholarship Takes Students to New Zealand

By Megan Johnson, Uloop

Scholarships exist to help students successfully fund their dreams. Your student can find scholarships to help them pay for college courses, room and board, textbooks, or even their study abroad program.

Does your student desire to experience a unique study abroad opportunity for early spring/summer of 2018, but costs make this impossible? Then the following opportunity may be perfect for your student!

Starting this summer, your student can begin applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to fund their study abroad program in spring or early summer 2018. Education New Zealand (ENZ) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State have each committed $50,000 over the next two years to support the scholarship program, allowing at least 10 additional Gilman Scholars to study abroad at New Zealand universities over the next two years.

This exciting news comes from a recent press release, which discusses how the Gilman Scholarship allows students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, granting this opportunity to over 24,000 economically disadvantaged U.S. students since 2001.

New Zealand offers a high-quality of life, a rich culture, and amazing outdoor opportunities, including active volcanoes, geysers, black sand beaches, and glaciers. But aside from these fun travel opportunities, Gilman scholars gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures and gain critical skills for their academic and career development by studying abroad in New Zealand.

In order to be eligible, students must be an undergraduate Pell Grant student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Those wishing to study abroad beginning between Dec. 15, 2017, and April 15, 2018, must submit their online application by Oct. 3, 2017. Students can determine their eligibility, get application tips, and complete the application via GilmanScholarship.org.

Here are some stats surrounding the Gilman International Scholarship, taken directly from the press release:

22,000: Number of scholarships that have been awarded to students participating in Gilman study abroad programs and internships around the world.
3,000: Annual number of U.S. undergraduate students supported in this exchange program each year. Among them, almost half are the first in their families to attend college.
71: Percentage of Gilman Scholars in 2015-16 that would not have been able to study abroad without the scholarship.
26: Percentage of Gilman Scholars in 2015-16 that were science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors.
10: Number of additional Gilman scholars who will study abroad at New Zealand universities over the next two years.

Education New Zealand works to market New Zealand as an education destination to international students. Follow students studying abroad in New Zealand on Instagram @studyinnewzealand and by searching #StudyinNZ. Learn more here. Follow students participating on U.S. Department of State exchanges at @ECAatState and by searching #Exchangeourworld. Learn more at exchanges.state.gov.

Don’t let your student miss out on this studying abroad opportunity; forward them the link to apply today!

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