Voyager-Scholarship is looking for young people from every corner of the country who share a curiosity about the world and the conviction to want to make positive changes within it.
Students should be passionate about doing good deeds, have experience volunteering or establishing communities, and have a broad understanding of what may be accomplished through public service.
Students who have shown a need for financial assistance and are US citizens, permanent residents, or DACA beneficiaries who are entering their junior year of college at a recognized four-year institution or university in the US are eligible for the Voyager-Scholarship.
The Obamas and Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, established the Voyager-Scholarship to aid in developing such leaders.
Both the President and Brian, although coming from different backgrounds, think that opening oneself up to new environments and experiences fosters understanding, empathy, and cooperation, which empowers the next generation to effect genuine change.
This program provides financial aid to help students pay off their school loans, enriching travel opportunities to broaden their perspectives, and a network of leaders and mentors to support them.
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What the Scholarship Provides
1. Up to $50,000 in Financial Aid
In “last dollar” financial aid, students can get up to $25,000 a year for their junior and senior years of college. With the help of this financial aid, students should be able to pay off their college loans and pursue careers in public service.
2. Summer Voyage
Between their junior and senior year of college, students will receive a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb accommodation to pursue a summer work-travel experience.
The kids will create their own summer voyage to explore new places and build expertise in a certain profession.
3. 10-Year Travel Stipend
The students will get a $2,000 travel credit from Airbnb per year for ten years following graduation, for a total of $20,000.
As a result, students will be able to keep expanding their perspectives and making new contacts throughout their careers in public service.
4. Fall Summit
Each fall, a summit will be held for students to help define and be inspired by their path toward public service.
They will meet with President Obama and Brian Chesky at the summit this fall to discuss the importance of empathy and understanding in leadership.
Additionally, they will develop a sense of community with other Voyagers and listen to guest speakers discuss various service strategies.
5. 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.
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The eligibility information below was for the 2022-23 scholarship. Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
Plan to enroll full-time in their junior year of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States in Fall 2022. Eligible students are:
1. Finishing sophomore year in Spring 2022
2. Or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their 2022-2023 junior academic year
3. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
4. Have demonstrated a commitment to public service
5. Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
6. Be a United States (US) citizen, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)
7. Applicants must plan to pursue a career in public service; which includes careers in government, non-profits, or the private sector. A career in public service includes a range of occupations from community organizing to social work and from entrepreneurship to the arts all committed to solving our biggest challenges together.
The application for the 2023-2024 Voyager-Scholarship is now closed. If you will like to be notified when the 2023 application opens? You can receive news and updates by signing up for the newsletter.
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