Four CUNY Students Named 2014 Gilman Scholars

Four CUNY students have won the prestigious Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for Spring 2014.  The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2 year and 4 year colleges and universities to enable them to participate in study abroad worldwide.  The scholarship targets students who do not traditionally participate in study abroad programs.

They are: 

Ting Ting Chan, Hunter College, (China);

Zaleika Johnson, Medgar Evers College, CUNY Baccalaureate Degree (Costa Rica);

Peter Li, Hunter College, (Taiwan)

Rui Yan Ma, Queens College, (South Korea)

Sebastian Restrepo, Baruch College, CUNY Baccalaureate Degree Thailand).

“CUNY students are continuing to win major national competitive awards.  It is especially exciting when the recipients are from backgrounds that are historically under-represented, which is consistent with the University’s longstanding commitment to access and excellence,” stated Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly.  

The Gilman Scholars are obliged to carry out a follow-on project upon their return from abroad that helps to promote international education and the Gilman Scholarship itself.  This project can be done on the student’s home campus or in their local community and will be completed within six months of their return home.  All applicants submitted a project proposal within their application and this proposal was closely reviewed during the selection process.

The program is funded through the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Students are encouraged to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  The Gilman scholarship also aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad programs, including but not limited to:

  • students with high financial need
  • community college students
  • student in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering
  • students from diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • students with disabilities.

  About The City University of New York:
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health.   The University serves more than 270,000 degree-credit students and 218,083 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. Nearly 3 million unique visitors and 10 million page views are served each month via, the University’s website.



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