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Skyline College ranked as the top community college in U.S. with students studying abroad as Gilman Scholars

Fri, 21 October, 2022 at 3:49 pm

It’s an honor to be a Top Producer of Gilman Scholars for 2020 - 2021. Here at Skyline College we understand the impact of studying or interning abroad and believe that all students should have that opportunity!

U.S. Department of State –
Cherie Colin, Director of Community Relations & Marketing
Skyline College
(650) 738-4346

San Bruno, California: The U.S. Department of State recognized Skyline College as the number one college among U.S. community colleges that sent the most scholars abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program during academic year 2020-2021. The Gilman Scholarship expands access and equity in study abroad and international internship opportunities among U.S. undergraduate students with high financial need.

“In recognizing the top institutions with students studying abroad as Gilman Scholars, the United States continues to prioritize its commitment to provide access and equity to international experiences for all Americans,” said Lee Satterfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

At the height of the COVID-19 global health pandemic, which created severe obstacles for students to study abroad and participate in international educational exchanges, the Gilman Scholarship was able to support nearly 800 Gilman Scholars from 48 U.S. states and territories to study or intern, both in-person and virtually, in 77 locations around the world.

“The Gilman scholarship and virtual internship allowed me to take on a project without having to worry financially, which helped me focus more on the internship. During the internship, I was able to put my knowledge to practice while simultaneously learning new skills, such as learning how to adapt to a new work environment,” said Veronica Sembrana, Skyline College Student, who interned virtually with a company in Japan.

Additionally, the Gilman Program helps these students gain the professional skills, language abilities, and knowledge needed for successful careers. The high academic performing and socio-economically diverse American undergraduate students who study overseas with support from the Gilman Program also build relationships, foster mutual understanding, and represent American culture and values, including in developing countries and countries critical to U.S. national security. Since the program’s inception in 2001, more than 35,000 Gilman Scholars from all U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have studied or interned in more than 155 countries around the globe.

The Gilman Scholarship is a public diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is implemented by the Institute of International Education. (IIE). To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship and how its diverse alumni pursue meaningful careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, contact and visit

Skyline College administers the Gilman competition through The Global Learning Programs and Services Division.

About Skyline College

Skyline College is an accredited, comprehensive California community college serving more than 16,000 students annually, offering 100 Associate Degree and Certificate programs as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Care. Located on a 111-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Skyline College has offered world-class educational opportunities to residents from North San Mateo County and beyond since 1969. Part of the San Mateo Community College District, Skyline College strives to inspire a global and diverse community of learners to achieve intellectual, cultural, social, economic and personal fulfillment.