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The following RIT students have received a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for the 2021-22 Academic Year. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.  The program encourages students to study in a wide array of world regions, gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, and build critically important skills to enhance their academic and career development.

Patrick Edwards
Economics Major, College of Liberal Arts

Patrick will be studying at Oxford University in England in fall 2021. “I chose to attend Oxford because their tutorial system and research institutions, like the Institute of New Economic Thinking, aligns well with my coursework at RIT and what I hope to pursue after graduation,” says Patrick. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Patrick is considering attending graduate school abroad and hopes his semester at Oxford will help prepare him. “Studying abroad for a semester as an undergrad will give me a sense of what a longer stay abroad would be like and if that is something I will want to pursue in the future,” he says.

Santosh Pradhan
Criminal Justice Major, College of Liberal Arts

Santosh hopes to study abroad in the spring 2022 semester and is exploring program options that would fit well with his Criminal Justice coursework at RIT. “Study abroad is one of the unique ways college students can evaluate and expand their knowledge, and I’m genuinely grateful to be a Gilman Scholarship recipient,” says Santosh. Experiencing new ideas and perspectives, traveling, and making new friends and unforgettable memories is what Santosh looks forward to while studying abroad.

Since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001, over 125,000 applications have been received, and over 33,000 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs and internships around the world.

The Gilman Scholarship is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.

RIT students interested in applying for the Gilman Scholarship should contact Jenny Sullivan (, Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships.