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Luz Reyes-Martin, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications
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The U.S. Department of State has announced the U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-2018. Santa Barbara City College has been recognized for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list, organized by small, medium, and large four-year institutions, and associate’s colleges.

SBCC has been cited for success in the following two categories:

  • Greatest Growth: Most Unique Destinations
  • Greatest Growth: Racial and Ethnic Minority Students

Carola Smith, Interim Dean, Educational Programs at SBCC commented, “The Gilman Scholarship is a wonderful financial incentive and program for students to realize their dream of studying abroad. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our efforts to practice diversity and inclusion as we build and implement education abroad programs for Santa Barbara City College students. Our Gilman Scholarship recipients were ecstatic to be selected and embraced the responsibility of sharing their study abroad experience with their peers, as well as the community.”

For a full list of higher education institutions that sent Gilman Scholars overseas in 2017-2018, including top producing institutions and those displaying the greatest growth in Gilman awardees as compared to last year, visit the Gilman Scholarship website.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, with the support of the U.S. Congress, is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students. The Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman scholars to nearly 150 countries around the globe.

Interested media should contact the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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