Gilman Scholarship Resources

When applying for the Gilman Scholarship, there are a number of valuable resources available to you. Please use the resources included below to familiarize yourself with the application, evaluation criteria, and helpful tips. Do not hesitate to contact our office at if you have any questions.


Resources provided by CofC:

Gilman workshop powerpoint: This presentation provides an overview of the Gilman Scholarship and helps students start thinking about their application.

Brainstorming worksheet: This worksheet provides more questions for students to consider as they start writing their essays.

NCA’s Guide to the Gilman essays: This resource provides an in-depth explanation of each Gilman essay prompt and the selection criteria that readers use when reviewing applications. It also provides guidance on what information to include in each essay–this resource is a “don’t miss!”


Resources provided by Gilman: 

For a general overview of the application as a whole, Please watch this Gilman Application Walkthrough Video.

The Gilman application requires three different short writing components: The Statement of Purpose Essay, The Building Mutual Understanding Essay, and The
Follow-on Service Proposal. There are optional essays for students applying to study critical need languages or conduct STEM research abroad. For a brief overview of essay prompts, click here.

For even more information, watch this Ask Me Anything: Essay Edition video provided by Gilman.


Not sure how to start writing? Look over these Essay Guiding Questions here.


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