14 June 2017

NAFSA applauds Gilman scholarship

Sir Richard Taylor’s announcement of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship at NAFSA saw the audience of 6,000 international educators erupt in applause.

Gilman scholarshipThe first government-to-government arrangement of its kind, ENZ signed an agreement with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in January to cooperate on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (‘the Gilman’).

Sir Richard announced the arrangement on ENZ’s behalf in his opening comments at the NAFSA conference.

The Gilman is aimed at students who might otherwise not have the opportunity to study abroad. Since its inception in 2001, more than 78,000 US students have applied for one of the 22,000 Gilman scholarships, making it one of the most prestigious and competitive scholarships for study abroad in the world.

Amy Rutherford, ENZ’s Director of Education, North America, said the partnership will help boost the profile of our institutions among US students.

“The scholarship will see increased promotion of New Zealand as an education destination, and will help to diversify the cohort of US students choosing to study here.

“Additionally, New Zealand institutions receiving Gilman scholars will be seen as supportive and inclusive partners, accepting students of all backgrounds and financial means.”

ENZ has committed to providing US $50,000 over the next two years to support Gilman scholars to study in New Zealand. This funding will be matched by ECA.

For more information about the Gilman scholarship, visit www.gilmanscholarship.org.

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