Nebraska Wesleyan is a 20-year top producer of Gilman Scholars

  • 20-year top Gilman Scholar producer
    20-year top Gilman Scholar producer
  • 20-year top Gilman Scholar producer
    20-year top Gilman Scholar producer

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently recognized Nebraska Wesleyan University as a top producing small institution of Gilman Scholarship recipients over the past 20 years.

The Gilman Scholarship makes study abroad more accessible and inclusive for American students by providing scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduate students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate in an abroad experience. Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 34,000 Gilman Scholars from all U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the globe.   

Nebraska Wesleyan has produced 55 Gilman Scholars since 2001 and is the only institution from the state of Nebraska to receive this recognition. “Nebraska Wesleyan highly values the transformative growth and learning that students gain from study abroad, and the Gilman Scholarship helps support this effort,” said Sarah Barr, NWU Director of Global Engagement. “Over the last 20 years a lot has changed, but our value in study abroad remains steadfast.”

...our value in study abroad remains steadfast

Yesterday, at the Diversity Abroad conference, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ethan Rosenzweig virtually announced the U.S. colleges and universities that have sent the most Gilman Scholars abroad over the past two decades. Institutions were recognized for their support of equity, diversity, and accessibility in study abroad for American students through the Gilman Program. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the lists, which are organized by institution size and degree-awarding category.

Based on 20 years of data, the top twenty institutions in four categories are being honored: small, medium, and large institutions and associate-awarding institutions. Colleges and universities in 27 states, plus D.C. and Puerto Rico, are represented, as well as 33 Minority Serving Institutions. 

Barr continued, “This scholarship makes learning and growth possible for some students who might not be able to go abroad without it – and that is truly impactful. We are honored by this recognition, and it further fuels us to continue our efforts.”

To learn more about the Gilman and Gilman-McCain Scholarships and how their diverse alumni are pursuing impactful careers in the government, non-profit, and private sectors, contact eca-press [at] and visit  The website includes a full list of the institutions by category, and additional information on the Gilman Program’s 20th anniversary.