Voyager Scholarship

Voyager Scholarship Overview.

Established by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb.

Voyager Scholarship aimed at developing future leaders.

Emphasizes the importance of new environments and experiences in fostering understanding, empathy, and cooperation.

Provides financial aid to help students repay school loans.

Voyager Scholarship offers enriching travel opportunities to broaden students‘ perspectives.

Creates a network of leaders and mentors for support.

Voyager Scholarship

What the Voyager  Scholarship Provides:

  1. Up to $50,000 in Financial Aid:
  2. Summer Voyage:
    • Students receive a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb accommodation.
    • Pursue a summer work-travel experience of their choice.
    • Explore new places and gain expertise in a specific profession.
  3. 10-Year Travel Stipend:
    • Students receive a $2,000 travel credit from Airbnb annually for ten years after graduation.
    • Total travel credit of $20,000.
    • Enables students to continue expanding their perspectives and building connections in public service careers.
  4. Fall Summit:
    • Annual summit for students to define and find inspiration in their path toward public service.
    • Meet with President Obama and Brian Chesky.
    • Discuss the importance of empathy and understanding in leadership.
    • Connect with other Voyagers and learn from guest speakers about service strategies.
  5. Network of Leaders:
    • Ongoing speaker series for students.
    • Access to a network of leaders.
    • Exposure to new areas of service and innovations in their fields.
    • After graduation, join the Obama Foundation’s global community for additional resources and programming.

Eligibility Requirements.

  1. Enrollment:
    • Plan to enroll full-time in junior year at an accredited four-year college or university in the US in Fall 2023
    • Options:
  2. Academic Performance:
    • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
  3. Commitment to Public Service:
    • Must have demonstrated a commitment to public service.
  4. Career Plans:
    • Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation.
  5. Citizenship/Status:
    • Must be a US citizen, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the DACA program.
  6. Career Scope:
    • Applicants must plan to pursue a career in public service, including government, non-profits, or the private sector.
    • Public service careers encompass various occupations, such as community organizing, social work, entrepreneurship, and the arts, all focused on addressing significant challenges collectively.

Application Process:

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