Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service 2022 for Students in the U.S. (Up to $50,000)
Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship Application Deadline:
14th June, 2022
Live application window: May 16, 2022 through June 14, 2022 3:00 pm CT
About Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship
The Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship is a scholarship program created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO to help students attend and complete college. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university, and have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA since high school graduation.
Applicants must also be eligible for federal aid, and must not have previously received a degree.
The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit, community engagement and demonstrated leadership qualities.
What Type of Scholarship is the Voyager Scholarship?
The Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship is a scholarship available for Undergraduates to help them attend and complete college or universities.
Benefits of Obama-Chesky Voyager Scholarship for Public Service?
- Up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid is available to students in their junior and senior years of college. The purpose of this financial aid is to ease the burden of college debt so that students can pursue a career in public service.
- To facilitate a work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college, students will receive a stipend of $10,000 and free accommodations through Airbnb. Each student will plan their own Summer Voyage to gain experience in a chosen field as well as exposure to new communities.
- As a graduation gift, Airbnb will give the students a $2,000 travel credit a year for a period of 10 years, totaling $20,000. Thus, students will have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and establish new connections during their careers in public service.
- Every fall, students will be invited to a summit to help define and inspire their public service careers. As part of the summit, they will discuss the role empathy and understanding play in leadership with President Obama and Brian Chesky. The Voyagers will also be exposed to a variety of guest speakers who will discuss their different approaches to service.
- In addition, students will be invited to participate in an ongoing speaker series, which will provide them with access to a network of leading professionals. Having access to a network of leaders will expose them to new areas of service and innovations in their respective fields. Upon graduation, they will become members of the Obama Foundation’s global community, gaining access to Foundation resources.
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:
- Finishing sophomore year in Spring 2022
- Or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their 2022-2023 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)
As part of your application, you must upload the following:
- A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display:
- Student name
- School name
- Grades and credit hours for each course
- Term in which each course was taken
- A copy of pages one and two of the most recently filed 1040 form used to complete the financial section of the application.
- If you are claimed as a dependent, please supply financial information and the tax form from your parent(s) or guardian(s).
- If you are independent, please supply financial information and the tax form for yourself.