Dear Gilman Scholarship Applicant: Congratulations! On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE), I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. During the Spring 2011 application cycle, the Gilman Scholarship Program received nearly 2,900 applications for over 850 awards. [..] Congratulations again on being selected as a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. We look forward to working with you and wish you the very best as you embark on your experience abroad. Sincerely, Jennifer Campbell Assistant Director Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Institute of International Education
This awesome for two reasons.
It's money I no longer have to borrow/beg/do backflips for, and then there is the simple fact that I won something. Take that, kids who picked me last for dodgeball.