Why Study Abroad?
Study Abroad programs provide unparalleled learning opportunities that we believe every student should experience. Additionally, college students and graduates with international experience have greater access to lucrative internships and career opportunities in the nation's top think tanks, the foreign service, and international businesses.
What is global citizenship?
Global citizens view the world through an international lens rather than as a member of one nation or society. First Trip promotes global citizenship and holds true that the path to global citizenship is initiated when we embed ourselves into another culture far different from our own. Therefore, countries that are comparable to the United States in overall standard of living, culture, and way of life are not eligible destinations.
What are First Trip "eligible destinations?"
First Trip awards are available for individuals traveling to countries ranked lower than Very High on the United Nations' annual Human Development Index (HDI). As the HDI is updated annually, only countries whose human development have been ranked as High, Medium, or Low on the latest HDI are considered eligible destinations.
Who can receive a scholarship?
There are four basic requirements that applicants must meet to be considered for a First Trip award.
1. Be a first-time traveler.
2. Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university.
3. Pursue a college-approved program or travel opportunity in an eligible destination.
4. If selected for an award, provide a brief account of the travel experience upon return to the U.S.
What are the scholarship amounts?
Currently, awards range from $750.00 to $1,500.00 and are determined by applicant need, destination, and availability of funds.
We believe conventional scholarship requirements such as age, grade point average, and essays reduce diversity in the study abroad space by severely limiting the number of students who can apply for funding. Additionally, we think it is the student’s first trip abroad that inspires cultural awareness and global citizenship.
Many students are discouraged from applying for funding due to the large number of scholarship essays required to fund their trip. First Trip only requires award recipients to submit a short testimonial of their experience abroad that may be used for promotional purposes.
Most scholarships are exclusively available for students enrolled in four-year institutions. To increase inclusivity, students enrolled in accredited community colleges are encouraged to apply for
First Trip scholarships as well.
According to the U.S. State Department, studying abroad not only expands a student’s world view—it has the potential to advance their career. We believe study abroad should be accessible to all students and not solely high academic achievers.
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