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Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for undergraduate study abroad is now open and accepting applications. Students can receive up to $8,000 for study abroad.  Students must be receiving a federal Pell grant through the Office of Student Financial aid to be eligible and be participating in an approved UW program of at least 21 consecutive days in length in a single host country.

Please reference our Events page for the latest schedule of offerings.  These sessions will cover eligibility, application components and tips for writing competitive essays.  The application deadline for students participating in summer, early fall, or autumn 2019 study abroad programs is Tuesday, March 5th at 9:59pm PST.

We are also offering a Gilman Scholarship Writing Lab to help students get their applications over the finish line.  It will be on Thursday, February 28th from 4:30-6:30 in the Ethnic Cultural Center Computer Lab.  This is a space for students to receive assistance on a drop-in basis.  There will be experts on hand to review drafts of essays, provide feedback and answer questions.  For those of you with social media pages, I’ve created a facebook event for the writing lab


Latinos and Planning Division Scholarship


About the Program

The Latinos and Planning Division (LAP) of the American Planning Association (APA) strives to address planning issues affecting Latino communities in the U.S. as well increase Latinos in the profession. The purpose of the LAP scholarship program is to foster increased interest in the study of urban planning within the Latino student population at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.

The program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students and first and second year masters degree students. One scholarship of $500 will be awarded to be used for fees, books, or academic materials.


Eligible applicants shall be Latino students who intend to work as a practicing professional planner in the non-profit, public or private sector and are:

  • Must be currently enrolled in either of the following:
    • Third or fourth year undergraduate students in a planning program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).
    • or
    • First or second year graduate students in a planning program accredited by the PAB
  • Must be a student member of the Latinos and Planning Division at the time of the application submission deadline.


Applicants for the LAP scholarship shall submit all of the following:

  • 1 to 2-page personal and background statement written by the student, describing their interest in a career in planning and describing what impact the students wants to make in the planning field related to Latino communities or the profession;
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor, a community leader, or current or past employer in support of the student’s application and personal background statement.
  • Official transcript of current course of study (for current students) or a copy of an acceptance letter from a PAB-accredited graduate planning school (for incoming students); and
  • Resume of work experience and background.

An email verification of application receipt will be sent to the participant by the LAP Scholarship coordinator.



The Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship for undergraduate study abroad is now open for students participating in programs starting in summer, early fall, and fall 2019.   Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant through the Office of Student Financial Aid to be eligible. Students can receive up to $5,000.  Students formally studying any of the critical need -languages listed on its website are eligible for an additional grant of up to $3,000.  Programs must be at least 21 consecutive days in length in a single country.  The application deadline is Tuesday, March 5th by 9:59pm PST.

UW Study Abroad will be hosting information sessions which will include writing tips during winter quarter. Visit our Events page to view the schedule.

Students who have questions about this scholarship or its application can email me at

Students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad are strongly encouraged to apply.  This includes veterans, students with disabilities and non-traditional college students.