Gilman Scholars have proposed and carried out a wide range of Follow-on Service Projects. As long as the applicant’s proposal will meet the goals of the Follow-on Service Project, there is no right or wrong projects. However, we encourage all applicants to propose a unique Follow-on Service Project that highlights their individual background, experiences, talents and skills. Listed below are some examples of projects Gilman Scholars have carried out. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we look forward to continuing to receive unique, individual proposals from all applicants. Remember, all projects must promote international education and the Gilman Scholarship.
The idea of my first play was very much about what theater is to me. I believe art can change people, that art is for everyone, no matter their beliefs, interests, and professions. My play also centered on the concept that theater is a universal art that speaks eternal truths and values that never go out of fashion. I am extremely disappointed that the majority of people in the US have stopped going to theaters, preferring cinemas, clubs, restaurants, or evenings in front of their TVs. America has only a few modern playwrights and this is a serious oversight on our part. Every generation ought to have its own art. Sure, classics are great as they teach us those important lessons that lay a foundation for developing any personality. However, it might be due to the fact that our productions mostly focus on classical plays and pieces that theater has become so unpopular in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Our lives have changed since Shakespeare, Chekhov, Miller, Dostoevsky, and Beckett. I do not believe that the modern-day generation of Americans is not creative enough to produce their own contemporary classics. There is a social need to empower the new generation of playwrights, one of which I am willing to become.
Good leaders who successfully adopt their thinking and behavior in different circumstances have gone through a learning process before attaining such skills in leadership. I see myself as a conscientious person with decision-making skills as well as innovative skills and having varied techniques for motivation. Such skills were not innate. However, I have been developing such skills through education. Furthermore, new ideas are acquired through constant learning and education. However, students who have no cash may not develop such skills due to limited chances to gain more experience. Therefore, obtaining scholarship provides better opportunity to expand career and expertise on leadership.