The San Mateo County Community College District Study Abroad Program, housed at Skyline College, has made significant strides in the increase of scholarships from the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Gilman scholars are low- income Federal Pell Grant recipients from diverse backgrounds and do not have the financial means to afford to study abroad. The majority of recipients and amount of funding in the academic year 2016 -17 went to Skyline College with $15,500 in funding, followed by Cañada College with $8,500 and College of San Mateo with $5,500 in funding.

The Study Abroad Program continues to educate all students eligible for the Gilman scholarship to apply for the scholarship opportunity and maintain a partnership with the Gilman scholarship. Zaid Ghori, Director of Special International Programs and Emma Briones, Program Services Coordinator, from the Global Learning Programs and Services Division have volunteered and served on the Gilman Scholarship Selection Committee to review over 150 applications from students who have applied around the country.

SMCCCD Study Abroad is housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For questions about the Gilman Scholarship Program and the Study Abroad Program, please contact Zaid Ghori at (650) 738-7098 or

Article by Zaid K. Ghori

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