Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service

Deadline: June 14 2022

Administered by the Obama Foundation and funded by a $100 million contribution from Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO, the Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service helps students eligible for need-based financial aid pursue careers in public service by providing access to travel and education.

With a budget of $10,000, 100 students will design their own summer voyage between their junior and senior year of college. The experience will allow students to pursue internships or mentorship opportunities anywhere in the world that will broaden their horizons and prepare them for careers in public service. Students will also be able to stay in homes on Airbnb using credits provided by Airbnb.

Deadline: June 14, 2022 (3:00pm US Central Time)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students who completed their sophomore year and will be Juniors in Fall 2022 with GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service and plan to pursue a career in public service
  • US citizens, permanent residents (Permanent Resident Card), or holders of deferred action status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Demonstrated financial need through submission of 1040 tax forms of the student (and parent(s) if the student is a dependent)
  • Preference may be given to applicants with no or limited prior engagement with other leadership programs in their undergraduate experience

Recipients will receive the following:

  • Financial aid up to $50,000: Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid to cover remaining tuition and/or living costs for their junior and senior years of college (Applicants should check with their Financial Aid Officer to understand how this aid might affect their Penn financial aid package)
  • Summer Voyage: With a budget of $10,000, students will design their own summer voyage between their junior and senior year of college. The experience will allow students to pursue internships or mentorship opportunities anywhere in the world that will broaden their horizons and prepare them for careers in public service. Students will also be able to stay in homes on Airbnb using credits provided by Airbnb
  • 10-year travel stipend: After graduation, Airbnb will provide the students with a $2,000 travel credit every year for 10 years, totaling $20,000. This will allow students to continue to broaden their horizons and forge new connections throughout their public service careers
  • Fall Summit: Voyagers will be invited to an annual Fall Summit. This fall, the summit will include a meeting with President Obama, Brian Chesky, and other leaders. They will also get access to a network of other Voyagers and alumni with whom they can connect with at the summit and beyond
  • A network of leaders: Throughout the program, students will be invited to an ongoing speaker series, giving them access to a network of leaders. This network of leaders will expose them to new areas of service and innovations happening in their fields. After graduation, they will join the Obama Foundation’s global community, providing them with Foundation resources and programming

More information: https://www.obama.org/voyager-scholarship-faqs/

Application and required materials: https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/obama-chesky-scholarship/

Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant (Tentative)

Deadline: March 19 2023

View and follow this step-by-step guide for potential applicants!

The Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant has been established to provide support to students who are undertaking innovative social impact projects with potential for real-world outcomes. While priority will be given to projects addressing domestic social challenges (based in the United States), projects focused on international issues will also be considered. Grants will be awarded up to $5,000 depending on the needs of the project.

Full-time, regularly enrolled 1st year, 2nd year, and junior undergraduates in good standing at the University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply. International students are welcome to apply but must be eligible to work in the US to receive funding. Recipients are expected to return to Penn to share their experiences with other students and to contribute to an entrepreneurial culture of service at Penn and in the larger world.

Penn Deadline: March 19, 2023 (Tentative)

Application Process

To apply for the Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant, a student (or team of students) must complete the following steps by Penn’s Deadline of March 19, 2023 (Tentative).

    You will be prompted to upload a single PDF via Penn’s Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant that includes the abstracts, proposal and budget (save each document as a PDF, then create a single pdf by navigating to Acrobat’s “File -> Create -> Combine Files into a Single PDF” feature). If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY email aolson@upenn.edu to make sure CURF has received your submission. 

    1. Short abstract (~100 words): On a separate page, explain the overall goals of the project
    2. Proposal (2 pages): Use the following as suggested areas to cover rather than required categories:
      • Background: Evaluate existing knowledge and work in the area and briefly summarize/justify the proposed project’s potential contribution
      • Objectives: State the objectives and relevance of the proposed work in terms intelligible to an educated non-specialist
      • Project Design: Describe the procedures/actions to be employed and provide a timetable and implementation plan for completion of the project
      • Predicted Outcomes/Future Plans/Statement of Impact or Importance: Discuss the potential results to be generated from the submitted project, proposed next steps, and a statement of lessons to be learned from the undertaking
      • Preparation & Motivation: Describe how this project fits with BOTH your current academic, personal, and career interests/goals AND your future plans
    3. Budget (Itemized and Total Overall): On a separate page list and justify each budget item in order of priority, including the total amount needed to complete the project. Here is an Excel template to guide your budget creation.
      • These funds may be used to support the student while undertaking the proposed project AND to offset reasonable project costs 
      • Types of allowable expenses include travel to project site, living expenses that would enable the student to participate in the project, programming support, materials and supplies, etc.
      • Reimbursement of living expenses may be taxable. Software and capital equipment are almost never funded. Items that cost $500 or more with a useful life of one year or more must be purchased with a University purchase requisition and will remain the property of the University. 
      • If funds are being sought from other sources, state the source and potential amount of such funding.

    Letters of Suppport  Each application must by supported by two letters – one letter of support from a Penn mentor (faculty or staff), and one letter of support from a proposed project affiliate in the host community. As soon as you have arranged for these letters, complete the recommendation section of the Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Grant for each. Provide contact information for each writer, and they will be prompted to upload the letters of support. These letters must also be received by Penn’s Deadline of March 20, 2022:

    • One letter of support should come from a Penn mentor (faculty or staff) and should discuss the project’s feasibility and the adequacy of the applicant’s/applicants’ preparation to complete it. It should also outline ways in which the applicant (or team of applicants) will be mentored over the course of the project and beyond.
    • One letter of support should come from a proposed project affiliate in the host community and should acknowledge that you have been in contact with local partners, that your project is welcome, and that you will have access to necessary materials and support while on location.

    Procedures for Receiving Funding and Expectations for Grant Recipients:

    Funds will not be disbursed until students review CURF’s information on Ethics and Compliance and complete and submit all necessary forms. All CURF-funded students must complete a Waiver of Liability. Once the award has been made and the Waiver of Liability has been submitted, recipients will be given instructions on how to access these funds.

    Undergraduates receiving this funding are expected to (1) present a poster at a designated CURF event, (2) submit a website summary and photograph, and (3) provide a detailed report for the Hassenfeld Foundation.  The website summary should be suitable for posting on CURF’s website and will describe the project’s goals and content, what the student learned through the experience and how participating in this project contributed to the educational experience. Examples of these brief submissions can be found on this link using your PennKey. The Foundation report should include the above and also detail the specific work (rather than the theoretical contribution) of the project and the potential for real-world outcomes and significant social impact that the project offers.


    Blossom Hill Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: January 16 2023

    The Blossom Hill Fellowship funds innovative ideas to help children and youth anywhere in the world affected by conflict in the Middle East. The fellowship's goal is to encourage individuals to develop innovative and solution-focused initiatives that create opportunity for conflict-affected children and help to break the cycle of violence that plagues their communities.

    The fellowship provides $50,000 to fund innovative projects. One or two applicants may apply to manage the project. Grants are potentially renewable for a second year.

    For more information, see https://blossomhill-foundation.org/fellowshipapplication/

    Tentative Deadline: January 16, 2023 (two-minute pitch video due, additional application materials due no later than March 31, 2023, after pitch video is approved by the foundation) 

     

    American Scandinavian Society Fellowship

    Deadline: November 1 2022

    The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers one-year fellowships (up to $23,000) and 1-3 month grants (up to $5,000) to individuals who have completed a Bachelor's degree to pursue research, study, or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country.

    https://www.amscan.org/fellowships-grants/grants-and-awards-for-americans/

    Deadline: November 1, 2022

    Penn’s Application Process

    • While the American-Scandinavian Foundation does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

    CURF can assist by providing stylistic feedback on essay drafts and other application-specific advice to Penn undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni

    Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: January 31 2023

    The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a six-week summer institute for rising college juniors. This program offers a leadership curriculum that encourages students to examine their personal strengths, identify areas for growth, and ultimately take action as a leader. Fellows design and present a Capstone Project on an issue about which they are passionate. The program provides housing, transportation, meals, and a $3,000 stipend. To be eligible, sophomores must have at least a 3.40 GPA.

    http://www.mountvernon.org/leadershipfellows/

    Deadline: January 31, 2023 (on hiatus for Summer 2022)

    Penn’s Application Process: This program does not require Penn’s nomination, but CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

    Cultural Vistas Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: December 9 2022

    Cultural Vistas Fellowship

    The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture with an eight-week summer internship in Argentina, Germany, or Singapore. Upon their return home, Cultural Vistas Fellows are required to carry out an educational or service project that helps promote international understanding and exchange.

    http://www.culturalvistas.org/cvfellowship  

    Deadline: December 9, 2022 (Tentative Deadline)

     

    Penn’s Application Process

    • While the Cultural Vistas Fellowship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

     

    Humanity in Action Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: February 12 2023

    Humanity in Action

    Fellows first participate in an intensive three-week summer educational program providing a country and context-specific curriculum (currently: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, the Netherlands, or Poland) that examines historical and contemporary challenges to human rights, pluralism and equality. Then, they embark on developing Action Projects in their own communities.

    https://www.humanityinaction.org/fellowship/

    Programs projected to be VIRTUAL in 2021 (https://www.humanityinaction.org/fellowship/become-a-fellow/)

    Deadline: February 12, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

     

    Penn’s Application Process

    • While Humanity in Action does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

     

    Huntington Public Service Award (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: January 13 2023

    Huntington Public Service Award

    The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides an annual stipend of $20,000 for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The Award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

    https://www.samuelhuntingtonaward.org/

     

    Deadline: January 13, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

     

    Penn’s Application Process

    • While the Huntington Public Service Award does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

     

    President's Innovation Prize (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: February 3 2023

    President’s Innovation Prize

    Created by Penn President Amy Gutmann to strengthen the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to innovation through the Penn Compact 2020, the President’s Innovation Prize will provide a graduating Penn senior, or team of graduating seniors, $100,000 (plus a $50,000 living stipend per team member) to envision and implement an innovative commercial venture that makes a positive difference in the world.

    Penn Deadline: February 3, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

    Application info:  https://www.curf.upenn.edu/prizes

    Project info:  https://pennpip.upenn.edu/

    Penn’s Application Process

    • For detailed application instructions along with additional information about this Prize, please visit the Prizes section of CURF’s website.

     

    President's Engagement Prizes (Tentative Deadline)

    Deadline: February 3 2023

    President’s Engagement Prizes

    Created by Penn President Amy Gutmann to strengthen the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment under the Penn Compact 2020 to impactful global, national, and local student engagement, the President’s Engagement Prizes will provide recipients with up to $150,000 – $50,000 for living expenses and up to $100,000 for project implementation expenses – to develop and implement a promising local, national, or global engagement project during the year after graduation.  Collaborative projects will be welcome with up to three awardees for a collaborative team project.

    Application info:  https://www.curf.upenn.edu/prizes

    Project info:  http://www.pennpep.upenn.edu/

    Penn Deadline: February 3, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

     

    Penn’s Application Process

    • For detailed application instructions along with additional information about this Prize, please visit the Prizes section of CURF’s website.

     

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