Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service

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/

Hertog Foundation Summer Programs in Political Studies

Deadline: March 1 2023

The Hertog Foundation offers current undergraduates and recent graduates two summer seminar programs on political thought, publicy policy, and foreign affairs:

  • A five-week Summer Residential Political Studies Program in July and August explores the theory and practice of politics in an intensive seminar setting. In addition to free tuition for the program, participants receive a $2,500 stipend and housing. A mandatory quarantine period with virtual activities is required for all fellows. Fellows will take morning and afternoon seminars on a wide variety of subjects, from political philosophy to economics, and foreign policy. Up to 18 fellows will be selected.
  • Virtual Summer Courses offers a similar seminar experience over one week or several weeks with the flexibility of online education. In addition to free tuition, participants receive course materials and a stipend. Up to 150 fellows will be selected.

To learn more Register for an upcoming Hertog Open House.

Deadline: March 1, 2023 (Early-decision deadline December 20, 2022)

hertogfoundation.org

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: January 31 2023

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recognizes outstanding students studying in NOAA mission fields. Student scholars receive up to $9,500 per academic year to support their studies, as well as paid summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the US.

The purposes of the program are to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

https://www.noaa.gov/office-education/hollings-scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2023, 11:59 pm EST (Tentative Deadline)

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in South Asian Languages (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: February 6 2023

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in South Asian Languages is for Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu.

Deadline: February 6, 2023 (TENTATIVE)

Penn’s Application Process

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in African Languages (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: April 30 2023

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in African Languages is for Amharic, Igbo, Swahili, Tigrinya, Twi, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu.

Deadline: April 30, 2023 (TENTATIVE)

 

Penn’s Application Process

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in East Asian Languages (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: February 6 2023

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in East Asian Languages is for: Chinese, Japanese, Korea, Mongolian, and Tibetan.

Deadline: February 6, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

Penn’s Application Process

Saint Andrew's Society Undergraduate Scholarship (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: February 18 2023

The Scholarship program of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia is designed to foster better understanding and relations between the United States and Scotland through the exchange of the best and brightest university students from our respective countries. Each year, the Society provides funds to send a small group of American students to attend a full year at one of the “Four Ancients,” or the Scottish equivalent of the Ivy League: the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrew’s. The current amount of each scholarship is $25,000.

http://www.standrewsociety.org/scholarships/

Penn Deadline: February 18, 2023 at 5pm EST (Tentative Deadline)

 

Penn’s Application Process

The Saint Andrew's Society Undergraduate Scholarship program accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply for Penn's nomination, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of February 18, 2023 at 5pm (Tentative Deadline)

  • Open a Penn Abroad application to either the University of Edinburgh or the University of St. Andrews (Please note, students applying to this scholarship may be placed at one of four Scottish universities, including the University of Aberdeen and the University of Glasgow. Students placed at one of these universities not previously approved by Penn would need to be flexible and work closely with their academic department to get courses approved)
  • Submit the completed St. Andrews Society application (application pieces include: application form, letter of recommendation from a professor, 3-5 page essay, completed questionnaire, recent photograph, and a hard copy transcript in a sealed envelope) to Jacob Gross, Penn Abroad, 3701 Chestnut St. Suite 1W
  • Plan to attend the St. Andrews Society luncheon in March

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: December 1 2022

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

The SMART scholarship program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) and provides tuition support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Awardees are assigned to a DoD laboratory where he/she will be expected to serve as a summer intern and complete a period of post-graduation employment service as a DoD civilian.

SMART Scholarship Information and Eligibility 

Deadline: December 1, 2022, 5:00pm Eastern US Time (Tentative Deadline) - Application opens in August 2022

 

Penn’s Application Process

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

 

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: December 9 2022

Boren Scholarship

Under the auspices of the National Security Education Program, the Boren Scholarship supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security.  These US government grants entail a service obligation.

www.borenawards.org/

Penn Deadline: December 9, 2022 (Tentative Deadline)

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • To be competitive, applicants should meet with the Boren Scholarship advisor in Penn Abroad during the fall semester. Additional details about the application process are available through Penn Abroad.

 

 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Middle Eastern Languages (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: February 6 2023

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in Middle Eastern Languages is for Arabic, Hebrew, Kurdish, Persian, Tajik, and Turkish.

Deadline: February 6, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

 

Penn’s Application Process

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