Signature of a new agreement for the Gilman Scholarships
- Left to right: Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs Caroline Casagrande and Ambassador of France to the United States Philippe Etienne
Ambassador Philippe Etienne and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Marie Royce, signed an important agreement on March 4 at the Residence of France in support for the Gilman Scholarships. Through this bilateral partnership, the Embassy’s Cultural Services would contribute $25,000 to support scholarship recipients studying abroad in France.
Conceived in 2000 with the passage of the International Academic Opportunity Act in the U.S. Congress, the Gilman Scholarships aims to empower students traditionally under-represented in study abroad programs, including first-generation college students, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Through providing a study abroad opportunity that would have been otherwise inaccessible, this scholarship program fosters career development, academic excellence, as well as immersion in the language and culture of another country. Notably, since its conception, this program has paved the way for 1,352 American students to study, intern, or kickstart a diplomatic career in France.
This new agreement marks an important step forward in the Embassy’s ongoing efforts to cultivate diversity among international students coming to France. The French Embassy Bootcamps, which provide American community college students with summer internships in France, is a prominent example of existing initiatives to expand cultural immersion opportunities for historically under-represented students. Like Bootcamps, the new agreement regarding the Gilman Scholarships could become an integral part of the Embassy’s goal of fostering diversity in cross-cultural dialogue.