Meghan Mason, associate director of off-campus study, has been selected to serve as a Gilman Advisor Ambassador. Over the year, she will serve as a voice for higher education, advising diverse U.S. colleges and universities about the Benjamin A. Gilman Program International Scholarship Program and guiding students in the application process.

Mason is one of only 26 advisors selected by the Gilman Program. Advisors will work together to offer higher education perspectives on the Gilman Program, mentor new Gilman advisors, and participate in national-level outreach efforts through conferences, campus engagement, and other activities.

About the Gilman Program

The Gilman Program by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers funding provided by the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education.

Since 2001, the Gilman Program has awarded more than 41,000 scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduate students with high financial need from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories. Gilman scholars, reflecting the rich diversity of our country, engage with their peers, communities, and host campuses in over 155 countries.

One hundred percent of Gilman scholars have financial need, nearly 70 percent of Gilman scholars self-identify as racial or ethnic minorities, over 60 percent come from rural communities and small towns, and nearly half are first-generation college students. More than 5,000 Gilman advisors play a key role in connecting U.S. students on campuses across the United States with this scholarship opportunity.

September 29, 2023