Welcome to an overview of the Gilman International Scholarship Program’s Follow-on Service Project! As a recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Gilman Scholarship, you can help expand the impact of the Gilman Scholarship Program. All Gilman Scholars are required to carry out a Follow-on Service Project, which is proposed in the scholarship application. The Follow-on Service Project is your chance to give back by inspiring others to pursue their own experiences abroad and inform them of resources and opportunities, like the Gilman Scholarship. This video will highlight some FAQs, tips, and examples from other Gilman Scholars to help you complete your project. The goal of the Follow-on Service Project is to increase awareness of study abroad and the Gilman Scholarship among your peers and/or in your home community. A good project should: Be something you are able to feasibly complete within six months of returning to the United States after your study abroad experience. Your project should incorporate stories,things you learned,multimedia, and/or photos from your study abroad experience. By sharing the impact studying abroad had on you personally, academically, and professionally you can effectively appeal to your audience in an interesting way. Make sure that you choose to share your message with an appropriate audience, such as current undergraduate students on your campus, future college students at a local middle or high school, or through an organization that works with high school students,or people who work with these populations, such as parents, teachers, professors, advisors. You should also be intentional in your project. Posting pictures on your social media while you are abroad is not an acceptable project. We ask that you put effort into planning a formal project that will reach a larger audience than just your friends and family. And consider a meaningful message, perhaps one that resonated with you as you learned about the Gilman Scholarship and studying abroad. Start by thinking about the connections you already have to identify a potential audience, such as: an academic department that you’ve taken courses in, a school you’ve previously attended, a student organization you are a part of, an organization you have volunteered with, a study abroad or financial aid advisor you’ve worked with, or a newspaper you love. Introduce yourself, explain what you aim to accomplish through the Follow-on Service Project, and ask if they would be willing to work with you to carry out the project. Create a plan to follow: What is the timeline of your project? How will you promote your project to others? What do you need to do to prepare for your project? There are many ways you can complete the Follow-on Service Project. Here are some examples of what some Gilman Scholars have done in the past to promote study abroad and the Gilman Scholarship to their communities: My name is Alexandria and for my Follow-on Project, I worked with my study abroad office to develop a scholarship outreach presentation. I’m John Glasgow, and for my Follow-on Service Project I worked with a local newspaper to introduce China’s daily life to my small Illinois town. I am Destini Orr, and I had the opportunity to present my Follow-on Service Project to a group of students at Petersburg High School. It was an amazing experience. My name is Hillary. For my Follow-on Service Project I choreographed a dance. This dance was based on some of the experiences I had abroad and shared a lot of experiences with my college peers. My name is Alan Puah, I’m a structural engineering student at UC San Diego. For my Follow-on Project I used workshops and flyers to dispel common myths about studying abroad for engineering students in order to show them that it is relevant, possible, and affordable. After you return to the U.S. from your program abroad, you will have six months to complete your project and submit a report to summarize the impact of your study abroad experience and describe your project and how it was successful in spreading the word about study abroad and Gilman. You can view a copy of your proposed project on the “Follow-on Report” tab in the Gilman Alumni Portal which you will gain access to upon the completion of your program. The Gilman Program has resources and promotional materials available in the alumni section of the Gilman informational website to help you complete your project. After your project is complete, log into the Gilman Alumni Portal to submit your Follow-on Service Project report. Answer the questions and provide a summary of your project. Your project is not complete until you have submitted this report in the portal and will be reviewed and approved by Gilman Program staff. Here’s a visual of where you can access the Follow-on Project Report options in your Gilman alumni account. You will only have access to this area of your Gilman account online when you’ve completed prior required steps. Therefore, your Follow-on Service Project proposal in your application should be the most feasible and best option for you to carry out as you’ll be evaluated on that project with the expectation to complete it as proposed. Remember, there are lots of resources on the Gilman website to help you through the Follow-on Service Project. Once your Follow-on Service Project report is approved, you will officially become a member of the Gilman alumni community. Please contact us by email if you have any questions about your Follow-on Service Project. We hope you have an enjoyable and impactful study abroad experience and enthusiastically share that with others by spreading the word about the Gilman Scholarship Program!