Mount Mary University to host career readiness workshop for Gilman alumni

Approximately 50 local alumni of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program will meet at Mount Mary University for a career readiness workshop on Monday, September 17, 2018, as part of a week of events for Gilman alumni across the country.

Since 2012, 20 Mount Mary students have been recipients of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which provides scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad. The Gilman Scholarship helps students, particularly first-generation college students and students from underrepresented populations, study abroad.

The workshop will help Gilman alumni develop the professional skills they need to translate their experiences abroad into meaningful careers. Through employer panels, networking sessions, and skill building activities, alumni will learn how their new language abilities, regional knowledge, and cross-cultural communication skills can be translated into careers advancing the economic prosperity and security of their home communities in the Midwest and the United States at large.

"The Gilman Program aims to make study abroad, and its career advantages, more accessible and inclusive for all American students. We look forward to including the voices of alumni from across Wisconsin and throughout the region at today's workshop," said Heidi Manley, the Chief of USA Study Abroad at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She notes that the program particularly focuses on supporting first-generation college students, students in the STEM fields, ethnic and racial minority students, students with disabilities, student veterans, students attending community colleges and minority serving institutions, and other populations underrepresented in study abroad, as well as broadening the diversity of destinations where scholars study or intern.

To learn more about the Gilman Program and how its diverse alumni are entering into impactful careers in the government, non-profit, and private sectors, visit

For more information about Mount Mary University's study abroad opportunities, visit study abroad journeys.