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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 studyabroad@shoreline.edu. 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.

Hello From Florence!

By Giovanni Dall'Orto (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

By Giovanni Dall’Orto (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, a Shoreline student landed in Florence for her quarter-long study abroad program with the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad. She sent us her first thoughts on the city: “It feels like I’m in a movie. The buildings are unbelievable.”

We don’t know about you all, but we’re pretty jealous. Who wouldn’t want this street to be part of their commute?

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.

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.)

How One Young Man Paid for His Study Abroad Program

John Pritchard III, a 23-year-old member of the Makah Tribe and Peninsula College student, will be going to Florence, Italy to study this spring quarter along with students from other Washington State Colleges (including one Shoreline student).

Read the inspirational story of how he paid for his program (which involved, in part, publishing a book of his own poetry) with the help of his whole community at the Peninsula Daily News.

Earn $500 an Hour Writing Essays!

Come to the Shoreline Study Abroad Information Session on Tuesday, February 10 from 12:30 – 1:30 in PUB 9208 (Quiet Dining Room) and learn about our study abroad programs and how to apply for scholarships to pay for them! Nobody will give you money to travel just for writing an essay after you’ve graduated!