Jacob Aus
The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad in credit-bearing programs. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the Gilman Program will provide awards to 3,000 exceptional U.S. undergraduate students.

Aus was selected to be on the application selection panel due to his previous military experience and because of USD’s large number of previous Gilman Scholar recipients.

“This was my first experience being on a panel for a national scholarship,” Aus said. “I gained valuable experience about the process of the application and responsibilities of a panel member. It was also a great experience to read through applications from students around the country and how this scholarship will impact them during their study abroad journey. I can use this knowledge to inform our students of the opportunity and help guide them through the application process. I look forward to serving on the panel again in the future.”

“I am so proud of Jacob’s work with the Gilman International Scholarship Program and with the veterans and families at USD,” said Kim Grieve, Ph.D., vice president for Student Services and dean of Students.

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona. With the support of the U.S. Congress, this scholarship honors the senator’s legacy of public service by enabling children and spouses of active or activated United States military personnel to develop leadership and career readiness skills and a global perspective to pursue careers of service and contribute to preserving the principles and alliances that are critical to an international order based on the rule of law, human rights and democracy.

“We are grateful for the expertise and time that Jacob shared in evaluating applications to select recipients of the Gilman-McCain Scholarship for the August 2022 deadline,” Theresa Gagnon, Gilman Program officer with the U.S. Department of State, said. "The Gilman Scholars will share American culture and values and learn the languages and cultures while bringing that knowledge back to campuses and communities across the United States."