Scholarships For High School Students
The majority of the scholarships below are granted to students who demonstrate a need for financial aid, good grades, and a strong desire to study abroad. While many of these funding opportunities are attached to specific programs, some provide financing to students interested in third party programs. And although most of these scholarships are for long term exchanges, some of them are for short term summer abroad programs. Check out the scholarship options below to see which one applies to you.
BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Scholarship
The BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Scholarship program is sponsored by AFS Intercultural Programs. It provides financially-challenged students the opportunity to study in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, or South Africa to gain the intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy. The goal of the program is to increase students’ intercultural awareness and second-language skills. To apply you must be between of 15-18, reside in the greater Chicago or Houston areas, and demonstrate academic achievement (with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), and qualify for need-based financial aid.
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program
This scholarship and program is for those who want to live and study abroad in Germany for an academic year. Essentially, they are looking for ambitious students who want to become youth ambassadors of the United States by sharing their life and culture with their German hosts and building greater international understanding of the United States. To apply for the CBYX Scholarship, you need to be between the ages of 15-18, a U.S. citizen, and possess at least a 3.0 GPA. http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and awards 600 scholarships to high school students each year. This scholarship aimed towards those who have a strong desire to learn Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. They also offer language immersion programs to countries where these languages are spoken. To qualify for a scholarship, you must be between the ages of 15-18, a U.S. citizen, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more info about their programs and scholarships, check out their site, http://www.nsliforyouth.org
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
YES Abroad is another scholarship based program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It’s aimed towards students who want to study in countries with significant Muslim populations for up to one year. These countries include Bosnia and Herzegovina; Egypt; Ghana; India; Indonesia; Malaysia; Mali; Morocco; Oman; Thailand; and Turkey. To be eligible for the program, you must be between the ages of 15-18, a high school student, and a U.S. citizen. For more info about scholarships, check out their site, http://www.nsliforyouth.org
Family, Friends, & Grandparents Scholarship
If none of these scholarship opportunities apply to you, you can always try asking the grandparents. Write up a detailed synopsis of the program as well as the costs and estimated living expenses. Be sure to include a thorough description about how studying abroad will contribute to your future goals. Finally, instead of asking for a grant, propose a loan and illustrate how and when you will pay them back. Make it look professional. You never know until you try.