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The Gilman-McCain Scholarship Program

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Developed under the framework of the State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the John McCain International Scholarship for the Children of Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) is open to eligible students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities who receive any type of Title IV federal financial aid.

For more information contact  Kerry Stamp, Director of International Programs (kstamp@vassar.edu) and visit the Gilman-McCain website for application details.

Campus deadline for support from the Office of International Programs is March 3

The March 2020 Deadline application is open for applicants whose programs that start between May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. This cycle encompasses Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Academic Year 2020-2021, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 programs. 

  1. Review the Gilman McCain eligibility requirements to ensure they meet all the requirements to apply.
  2. Identify a Study Abroad Program 
  3. Register for the application 
  4. Schedule an appointment to meet with Kerry Stamp, Director of International Programs by calling x5260. 
  5. Contact the Financial Aid Office to inform them that you are applying for this fellowship as they will have to verify your financial aid as part of the application process. 
  6. Follow up to ensure that both advisers have received your Gilman Application Endorsement Request E-mail.

Note: Applicants will be pre-screened to ensure their program of choice is in a country that has a Level 1 or 2 Travel Advisory, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System.  However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations. Applicants applying to a country that has a Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory will not be considered.