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University of Maryland is a Twenty-Year Top Producer of Gilman Scholars

University of Maryland is a Twenty-Year Top Producer of Gilman Scholars

October 28, 2021


COLLEGE PARK, Md.— The University of Maryland (UMD) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a "Top Producer" of Gilman Scholars over the past twenty years, in the overall Top Producer category for large institutions.

280 students from UMD have received Gilman awards since 2001. “Historically, study abroad has structurally excluded students of low income families, students of color, and first-generation students. Our partnership with the Gilman Scholarship Program supports the university’s commitment to addressing these inequities and ensuring Global Learning is universal on our campus,” said Ross Lewin, Associate Vice President of International Affairs. “We are proud to be recognized among the top institutions producing Gilman Scholars and will strive to reach higher heights in the future.”

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the list in celebration of the twenty-year anniversary of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and its Top Producing Institutions over that time span.  Throughout its twenty-year history, the Department of State’s Gilman Program has reshaped study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students by providing scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduate students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 34,000 Gilman Scholars from all U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the globe.    

Yesterday at the Diversity Abroad conference, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ethan Rosenzweig announced  virtually the U.S. colleges and universities that have sent the most Gilman Scholars abroad over the past two decades. These institutions were recognized for their support of equity, diversity, and accessibility in study abroad for American students through the Gilman Program. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the lists, which are organized by institution size and degree-awarding category. 

As the recent Department of State and Department of Education Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education noted, “All Americans need to be equipped with global and cultural competencies to navigate the ever-changing landscapes of education, international business, scientific discovery and innovation, and the global economy.”

To learn more about the Gilman and Gilman-McCain Scholarships and how their diverse alumni are pursuing impactful careers in the government, non-profit, and private sectors, contact and visit  The website includes a full list of the institutions by category, and additional information on the Gilman Program’s 20th anniversary.

The Gilman competition is administered at the University of Maryland through the National Scholarships Office, with support from Education Abroad and the Office of International Affairs. To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship at the University of Maryland visit or contact the National Scholarships Office at