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Outward Bound Costa Rica's Outdoor Explorer Scholarship
Close Date: Monday, April 01, 2019 Award: One full scholarship for a Service, Hike & Homestay experience
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Eligibility Requirements: NSHSS Members in high school, ages 14-18

Scholarship Award: A full scholarship, valued at USD $3,100, to attend an abroad Service, Hike and Homestay course in the summer of 2019 with Outward Bound Costa Rica.

**All in-country lodging, food, transportation and activities are included. Flights to and from Costa Rica are not included.

About the opportunity: 

There are distinct moments in our lives where a single experience can change the course of our future—expanding our outlook, knowledge, and confidence in ways that we did not know were possible. This scholarship is in the spirit of that belief. In partnership with Outward Bound Costa Rica, NSHSS is awarding one member an all in-country expense paid expedition to Costa Rica!

On a Service, Hike & Homestay adventure course, you will discover the true meaning of “off the beaten path” on a deep-jungle hike while meeting homestay families, learning about new cultures, and discovering your hidden potential. Additional activities include: waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting, ziplining through rainforest canopies, volunteering on reforestation projects, beach activities, visiting famous National Parks, and spotting monkeys, sloths and other wildlife!

Application Requirements:

  • Personal statement of 300-500 words that describes your personal drive for why you want to attend an Outward Bound Costa Rica course, what you hope to gain from the Service, Hike & Homestay experience, your reasons why financial support to attend a course would be helpful to you, and how this abroad experience might be of value to your particular educational or career goals.
  • Resume
  • Recommendation 
  • Transcript
  • Color headshot suitable for website posting
  • Indicate your preference between three available Service Hike & Homestay summer course session dates:
    • Session 1: June 22 – July 6, 2019
    • Session 2: July 6 – July 20, 2019
    • Session 3: July 20 – Aug 3, 2019


To learn more about the Service, Hike & Homestay experience with Outward Bound Costa Rica visit:

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019 


Apply here through your NSHSS Dashboard

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