International high school scholarships come under various categories. For U.S. high school students who write compelling essays, some organizations offer opportunities to live and study overseas. U.S. and international high school students can also win awards that include a trip to Washington, D.C., in order to claim their prizes. High school students benefit also from selected memorial scholarships, which honor belief in the value of international travel as a form of education in itself.
High School Abroad
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is a U.S. non-governmental international education body that offers programs to encourage U.S. institutions to take a more international approach to curricula and for students to study abroad. CIEE offers partial scholarships for the High School Abroad program. This program enables U.S. high school students to experience life in a different country and culture, living with a host family and attending high school for a semester or a full academic year. The scholarships are merit-based and require submission of one long and one short essay on specified topics and a letter from a parent or guardian that describes the benefits of the scholarship to the applicant. Different fees apply to the various countries in the program. The value of the scholarship is undisclosed.
From the World to Washington, D.C.
The Gulen Institute is a nonprofit organization whose principal goal is to promote academic research and a grassroots movement for positive social change. The Gulen Institute Youth Platform provides opportunities for U.S. and international high school students in the ninth through 12th grades to participate in an essay-writing competition. Applicants write an original, unpublished 1,500- to 2,000-word English-language essay based on research. As of 2011, award values were, respectively, $4,000, $2,500, $1,000 and for the fourth to 20th places, $300. Additionally, winners in first to 30th place were invited to Washington, D.C., on a four-day, all-expenses-paid trip, including an awards ceremony, round-table discussion and visits to think tank organizations and tourist attractions.
Traveling Internationally to Learn
The BG Scholarship honors the memory of Washington-born Brandon Goodman, an artist, painter and world traveler who died in a surfing accident in Oahu, Hawaii, at the age of 23. High school students and international students studying in the U.S. are eligible to apply, subject to having a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). Applicants submit an essay that describes their academic goals and academic and community contributions. Judging is based on either need or merit. As at 2011, the value of the scholarship was $400, with one scholarship awarded monthly.
Learning from International Travel
The Monte and Morrel Clute Memorial for International Study Scholarship reflects the strong belief of these two father-and-son educators in the value of travel as a form of education. The scholarship is part of the Community Scholarship Program, a joint initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, the Rochester Kiwanis Club and the Rochester Rotary Club in Michigan. Graduating area high school seniors pursuing international studies are eligible to apply. As at 2011, the scholarship value was $500.