The Gilman Scholarship is a common name in higher education circles, and rightly so. This is an amazing program that was started by the late Dr. Morris J. Gilman to address the educational needs of a bright and talented minority of our population. Since the inception of the program in 2021, over 30 Geneseo individuals, including myself, were awarded the Gilman Scholarship to assist with the costs of time away from school. As you can imagine, these funds allowed me to pursue my college dreams.
When searching for financing, there are several things to consider, such as the qualifications for each award, location, and the selection process. If you are an undergraduate in a academic community or a post-baccalaureate program, you can look at the Gilman Scholarship and the scholarships provided by both the United States Department of Education’s Office of Education and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) for a top selection. I was not eligible for the top two selections, but was able to receive a respectable amount of money to pay for my undergraduate studies.
The Gilman Scholarship is a top selection for a lot of reasons. In addition to having a very lenient application deadline, it has a top quality curriculum that I was able to fully benefit from while participating in the summer study abroad program. In the United States, most community colleges and technical schools do not offer this level of education, but it was one of the biggest advantages I gained by participating in this program. For an undergraduate student like myself who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, it provides me with the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in a field of science that I have chosen and am interested in.
Unlike the students who participate in the undergraduate degree program, Gilman Scholarships recognize those who are underrepresented in mathematics and science departments. Those who are from underrepresented minority groups, low income earners, and women also have an excellent opportunity to be awarded this grant. It is important to note, however, that those who are not a United States citizen are ineligible for this scholarship. Even if you are a United States citizen, it may still be difficult to qualify for an award of this magnitude, due to the fact that most American universities do not offer these type of scholarships. Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program may still be able to be awarded a Gilman Scholarship based on their performance in other ways as well.
Before you apply for a Gilman Scholarship
, you will need to understand what types of documents you will need to provide. If you are an undergraduate student, you will need to provide a complete transcript of your high school graduation and any college courses taken since then. You will also need to supply necessary financial need documentation, which includes a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and admissions proof, such as a resume and SAT or ACT scores. In addition, students must be admitted to an accredited university. Some schools will allow you to transfer some or all of your financial need to your undergraduate degree program. If you are a full-time or part-time student, you will also need to present a letter of intent that states why you want to pursue a college degree and include a timeline of when you plan to start and finish your education.
The Gilman Scholarship is available for both men and women, and is awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is no limit on the number of scholarships that a student can apply for or receive, so multiple applications should be submitted in order to increase your chances of being awarded the scholarship. Because each scholarship award varies in cost, both male and female undergraduates who meet the requirements should not submit more than one application.
To apply for a Gilman Scholarship, prospective students must first enroll in at least one undergraduate program at a four-year university or community college. After completing their first two years of college, students may continue their studies by applying for a full ride on their current GPA schedule. All other eligible students must apply for an academic scholarship through the Gilman School, which does not have a tuition funding program. Eligibility for all academic scholarships requires that the student: Has a minimum GPA; has taken course work that was deemed appropriate; and has completed a minimum of six credit hours at a participating university or college. Students who have earned high marks in the AP, CLEP, US News, and Cornell University placement tests and have finished a career path that has been consistent over the last five years are automatically considered for these scholarships. In addition, minority students are always welcome to apply for these scholarships.
Because the Gilman Scholarship is based on academic worthiness, every student who applies for the scholarship must meet the academic requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements will have their applications rejected and forfeit their opportunity to participate in this wonderful opportunity. It is important that each student understand that they must not only meet the eligibility requirements, but they must also demonstrate that they will be able to benefit from the funding in order to fully utilize the scholarship. As a result, students must work hard throughout their four-year GPA to earn their scholarships.