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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:

October 6, 2022, at 11:59pm Pacific Time for programs or internships that start between December 1, 2022, to October 31, 2023. This cycle encompasses Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024 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.