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A view of SDSU's Hepner Hall. (Photo: Jim Brady) A view of SDSU's Hepner Hall. (Photo: Jim Brady)

SDSU a ‘Top Producer’ of Gilman Scholars

In the scholarship program’s first 20 years, more than 200 students have received support for international studies.
By SDSU News Team

San Diego State University is among the top 20 producers of Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships at large universities, the U.S. State Department announced today.

Over the first 20 years of the program, which supports Pell-eligible undergraduate students studying abroad, 215 SDSU students received Gilman awards, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced.

SDSU students have used the scholarships for study in such locations as Japan, Spain, Argentina, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

SDSU’s “top producers” distinction covers the period through summer 2020, for universities of 15,000 students or more. Sixteen additional Gilman scholars at SDSU were announced in August, with plans for study this academic year in Germany, China, India and Ecuador, among other venues.

“We are deeply grateful for this prestigious recognition,” said Cristina Alfaro, associate vice president for international affairs at SDSU. “At SDSU we take great pride in our commitment to encourage students to become more globally and critically conscious leaders through international global experiences.”

Alfaro said staff in various roles across campus, including  study abroad, Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs and also academic advisors,  have been instrumental in promoting this opportunity. SDSU study abroad advisors have partnered with other campus departments, such as Financial Aid and the Writing Center, to share application tips, including support for Pell-eligible students. Team members also regularly help connect students to opportunities and celebrate their successes, Alfaro said.

“Gilman’s recognition is a testament that these combined efforts are making a transformative difference,” Alfaro said.

Nationwide, Gilman scholarships have supported more than 34,000 students at 1,328 institutions since 2001.

Students interested in the Gilman Scholarship should visit or view information on scholarships in the Aztecs Abroad database or contact the SDSU Global Education office at