Category Archives: Scholarships

Updated: Shoreline Ties for Most Gilman Recipients in U.S.

For the second year in a row, Shoreline Community College tied for most Gilman Scholarship recipients of any two-year institution in the country.

Two Shoreline students were selected to receive a combined total of $5,000 to spend fall quarter studying in Japan. Another two Shoreline students were selected as alternates, which means that should other students decline their awards, they will receive funding from the Gilman Scholarship program. These two students also plan to study in Japan. (*Update: Each of the students selected as alternates were awarded $2,000.)

A total of five Shoreline students applied for the scholarship, which means that 40% of Shoreline’s applicants were immediately selected to receive scholarships, and another 40% were selected as alternates.

From the press release on the Gilman Scholarship program website:

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs.  The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.  Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.  Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates.  Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience.  It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

If you would like to learn more about how you can use this scholarship to study abroad, contact the Shoreline Community College Study Abroad Office at

Gilman $upport$ $tudy Abroad (Free Money!)

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Mark your calendars: for students who want to study abroad in Summer or Fall Quarter, the deadline to apply for the Gilman Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000, is Tuesday, March 1st.

During last year’s Summer, Fall Quarter, and Academic Year application cycle for the Gilman Scholarship, Shoreline Community College had more recipients than any other community college in the country. In total, Shoreline students received $11,500 to go towards the study abroad program of their choice.

But what may be the most impressive fact about all this is that more than 60% of Shoreline students who applied for the Gilman scholarship received funding.

There are a couple of reasons why so many Shoreline students get money from the Gilman Scholarship program.

First, only students who receive a Pell Grant are eligible for the scholarship. (The Pell Grant is one form of federal financial aid – if you receive financial aid, you can find out if you receive a Pell Grant by visiting the Financial Aid office or by logging in to the financial aid portal.) Because this scholarship is only open to a limited group (of people who really need the support), the likelihood that any given applicant will receive funding is higher.

Another reason is this: the Gilman Scholarship program loves community college students. They really, really want to help community college students to study abroad. In fact, they actually changed the rules of their scholarship about a year ago in order to make it easier for community college students (and only community college students) to fit an eligible study abroad program into their schedules.

So if you want to get a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad, now is the time!

Remember, too, that we are here to support you through the application process. We are more than happy to offer advice and assistance on your personal statement and other application materials. In fact, that’s partly what we get paid for. Be sure to take advantage of this!

To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, or about our study abroad programs, you can contact us using the form below, or by emailing You are also welcome to stop by and see us on the top floor of the PUB, room 9302. Just tell the front desk that you want to see someone about studying abroad.

Shoreline Student Awarded Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

Rebekah Thorne

Rebekah Thorne

On Tuesday, March 24, Rebekah Thorne, a Shoreline Community College student, was awarded over $1,800 by the Fund for Education Abroad. More than 1,600 students from across the United States applied for the scholarship; only 36 were selected as recipients. The money will be used to cover more than half of the cost of Rebekah’s trip to Cape Town, South Africa, with Shoreline’s summer study abroad program there, led by Dr. Ernest Johnson, a Multicultural Studies instructor.

Dr Johnson writes that the program, titled The Challenge and Promise of a Multicultural South Africa, “will examine the social and cultural history of South Africa and the current efforts to create a democratic, multicultural nation.” Rebekah first became interested in the program when she was in Dr. Johnson’s Multicultural Studies 105 course in 2012.

Rebekah, who is in the Career Education Options (CEO) program, isn’t what many people think of when they think of study abroad students. She’s not rich. She’s a first-generation college student. Her educational path hasn’t been a traditional one: the CEO program is for students who have not received a high school diploma; Rebekah earned her GED after taking classes at Shoreline.

“[Studying abroad] was a dream, but I didn’t think it was ever going to happen. When I heard about the South Africa program and saw the posters for it, I was really envious of the people in the pictures.” It was only after John Tankersley, an International Student Advisor, told her about study abroad scholarships that she ever thought of studying abroad as a possibility.

Rebekah plans to finish her studies at Shoreline in 2016 and hopes to transfer to Mt. Holyoke or Smith University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a minor in Gender or Women’s Studies. She hopes one day to earn a Master’s degree and work in the field of animal sciences.

Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarship Application Deadline Coming Soon to a Panicked Student Near You!

If you are hoping to get some scholarship money to help fund your study abroad program in South Africa this summer, consider applying for the Foundation for Global Scholars scholarship. The deadline to apply is April 3 at 4:00 p.m. As always, if you have any questions about the application process, or if you’d like someone to have a look at your essay, don’t hesitate to contact us at

For those of you who are planning on joining our programs in Costa Rica, Tokyo, or Barcelona, but also want money (I mean, really, who doesn’t?), take a deep breath. You can’t even apply until June 1, and your deadline will be July 10 (also at 4:00 p.m., but the exact minute of the deadline really shouldn’t be an issue – you really shouldn’t plan on getting your application in at 3:59 p.m).

If You Want To Apply for the Gilman Scholarship, You Need To Get an Official Transcript Now!

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An official transcript is one of the essential, necessary, non-negotiable (Gah! My thesaurus just spontaneously combusted!) parts of the application for the Gilman Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 to over 30% of applicants (yes, actually more than one out of three people who applies gets a scholarship—I’m pretty sure I’ve written something about that before).

The deadline for the Gilman is March 3rd (for Summer and Fall 2015 programs), putting it about two weeks away, and it takes at least one week to get an official transcript, so you do the math.

Seriously. You wouldn’t want me to do it for you. I’m really, really bad at math.

Anyway, the main point here is this: Get an official transcript ASAP if you want to get up to $5,000 to study abroad! Because that’s almost a million dollars!

(Like I said, really bad at math.)

Gilman Scholarship Open

The Gilman Scholarship application for summer, fall, and academic year programs has opened! The deadline to apply is March 4 at 11:59 p.m. CST (meaning 9:59 p.m. over here on the left coast). Two things to keep in mind about this scholarship: 1) Only students who receive a Pell Grant are eligible for this scholarship, and 2) more than one out of three applicants receives funding.

Shoreline students can use the up to $5,000 that they receive from the Gilman Scholarship for our short-term summer programs in Jamaica, South Africa, or Costa Rica, or for our fall quarter-long programs in Barcelona or Tokyo. And what do you have to do to get all this money to spend on seeing the world? Write a couple of essays and fill out an application form. Getting this much money to travel becomes far more complicated once you finish school, so take advantage of it while you can! And remember, we here at Shoreline Study Abroad will be happy to help out with the application process and read over your essays. Even Hemingway made silly mistakes sometimes, so it’s always good to have someone give your writing a second look.

If you’re interested in applying and would like to learn more, contact us using the form below.

Two-week Programs Now Eligible for Gilman Scholarships

The GilmanGilman logo Scholarship Program appears to have announced a pretty significant policy shift in just about the most unremarkable way possible. In double-checking some information about the scholarship for a student who is interested in study abroad this summer, I stumbled across this  entry in the FAQ:

Q. What is the minimum length of study required to be eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship? Are short-term programs eligible?

A. Eligible programs must be a minimum of four weeks (28 days) – or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students – in one country and can be as long as one academic year. Short-term programs are eligible as long as they fall within the eligible start dates for each cycle and are at least four weeks (28 days) in length.

That bit about the minimum length being 14 days for community college students? That’s new. When this change was made is unclear. There’s nothing about the change in the News & Social Media section of the Gilman website. I think I know why the change was made, though.

The Gilman Scholarship aims to make study abroad possible for students who, without some financial assistance, wouldn’t be able to afford the experience. They target groups that traditionally haven’t studied abroad in the past, including community college students. However, money is often just one of many obstacles that stand in the way of a study abroad opportunity for community college students. Jobs, apartments, children: these all make it difficult to drop everything and live overseas for long periods of time. Even the previous minimum required length, four weeks, is too long for many.

So it would seem that the people behind the Gilman Scholarship have realized this, and taken action to make it possible for community college students who can’t get away for a whole month to get the financial support they need to make their study abroad dreams a reality.