More MSU Students Awarded Prestigious Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad

Five MSU Students Win Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Five Montclair State University students have been awarded the prestigious and competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this year.  The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Programs, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, provides up to $5,000 to apply to the costs of studying abroad.  A limited number of Critical Need Language Scholarships are also awarded for a possible total award of up to $8,000.  Gilman Scholars are selected based on the student’s academic performance, statement of purpose, and follow-on project proposal to be completed by the applicant upon return from his/her study abroad program.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students receiving a PELL grant who are planning to study abroad.  It aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the destinations where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. 

The Montclair State University Gilman Scholarship recipients studying abroad this year include:

Najeeb Johnson, to study in Meknes, Morocco with International Studies Abroad for summer 2014

April Schroer, to study at Universidad Veritas in Costa Rica with International Studies Abroad for summer 2014

Kristine Schweitzer, to study in Madrid on a faculty-led program for summer 2014

Cortney Mckenzie, to study at Kristianstad University in Sweden for fall 2014

Andrew House, to study at the University of Seoul in South Korea for the 2014-2015 academic year (Also awarded a Critical Need Language Scholarship)

The staff at the Global Education Center are extremely proud of our students and pleased that we have seen so many students apply for and receive the Gilman scholarship. Through targeted outreach, special sessions and partnership with the Office of Financial Aid, we hope to make the Montclair State community aware of this and other great scholarships available to help more students take advantage of the unique opportunity to study abroad.

To learn more about the Gilman and how to apply visit their website at

Students are also invited to attend our session “Applying for a Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad” on Thursday, September 29th at 12:00 pm in Dickson Hall, Cohen Lounge.

The deadline for eligible students interested in studying abroad in the spring 2015 is October 7th, 2014.  Students interested in studying abroad should contact the Study Abroad Coordinator, Nyieta Charlot at or 973 655 4216 for an appointment and application assistance.  Please visit our webpage at for more information on programs and countries available.