Secretary Kerry Announces Partnership To Support Gilman Scholars in China

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky will co-host a reception at the U.S. Institute of Peace at 12 p.m. on September 12, 2016, to highlight a new partnership to support the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in China.

The collaboration between Airbnb and the Gilman Program, an outcome of the June 2016 Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) that was mutually agreed upon by the United States and China, supports the State Department’s goal of expanding opportunities for students of limited financial means to study abroad. The State Department is working through public-private partnerships like this one to provide more opportunities for American students to study abroad.

The State Department’s Gilman Program, implemented in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, provides need-based scholarships to U.S. undergraduates who have been traditionally underrepresented in study or internships abroad. Additional funding support is available for students studying critical languages, including Chinese.

The event is open to the press. Press who plan to attend should RSVP to by 9:00 a.m. on September 12.

Pre-set time for video cameras is 10:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street media entrance (behind the loading dock) at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

Final access time for still photographers and journalists is 11:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street media entrance (behind the loading dock).

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license or passport). Please allow adequate time to process through security.

For footage of the speech the Verizon Audio Visual Operations Center (AVOC) Source ID is HD-552830S0366?. Following the event, broadcast-quality video will be available for download via the State Department’s unit page on DVIDS and for on-demand viewing on and the Department’s YouTube Channel. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at or follow @ECA_AS and #studyabroadbecause.

Source: U.S. State Department.