Voyager Scholarship 2023

An increasingly globalized world needs young and best leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together and many more problems.

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The Voyager Fully Funded scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb Co-founder, and CEO, to help shape such best leaders. Even though they come from different backgrounds and also needy people, both the President and Brian believe that exposure to new places and experiences generates the best understanding, empathy, and cooperation which equips the next generation to create meaningful change.

This scholarship gives college students financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them.

What the Scholarship provides:

Up to $50,000 in financial aid Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid for their junior and senior years of college. This financial aid should alleviate the burden of college debt so that students can afford to pursue a career in public service.

Summer Voyage:

Students will receive a $10,000 stipend and Airbnb travel credit to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior years of college. The students will design their own Summer Voyage to gain exposure to new communities and experience in a chosen field.

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:

Each fall, students will be invited to a summit to help define and inspire their public service journey.

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.

Am I eligible to apply?

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 2023. Eligible students are:
    1. Finishing sophomore year in Spring 2023. Applicants should be considered “juniors” based on the total number of earned credits at their institution by Fall 2023.
    2. Or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their 2023-2024 junior academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to public service
  • Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
  • 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)

Applicants must plan to pursue a career in public service—what does that mean?

We have a broad definition of 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.

When will participants be notified of their selection and when will the program begin?

Selected Voyagers will be notified in July and the program will begin in September 2023.

What if I’m not eligible for the Scholarship yet?

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When will the next application cycle open?

We will post information on the website as soon as we have dates for our next application cycle.

I’m an eligible student and I’m having trouble applying or have another question. How can I get in touch?

Please reach out to Scholarship America at [email protected] for support.

More details and FAQs

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