United Planet Merit Scholarships 2018
Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018
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Eligibility Requirements: NSHSS members age 16 and older with parent approval of trip. *Please note that NOT ALL 1-3 week programs will be available for volunteers under the age of 18.

About United Planet:
NSHSS partner United Planet is an international non-profit organization, headquartered in Boston, devoted to building a global network of leaders and volunteers which fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared global challenges through immersive international service, internships, and cross-cultural collaboration.

Please note there are two different scholarship opportunities: There is one full scholarship for any 1 to 3 week volunteer program in any of United Planet’s Short-Term Quest Destinations, and there are five $500 scholarships for any short-term volunteer program (1 to 12 weeks) or long-term program volunteer program (6-month or one-year).

You may apply for one scholarship or both scholarships. However, you can only be awarded one of these scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunity for Full Scholarship: United Planet is offering a scholarship for any 1 to 3 week volunteer program in any of United Planet’s Short-Term Quest Destinations including Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania, Spain, and Italy. Students must be age 16 or older.

*Full tuition scholarship does not cover travel.

**Please note that not all 1-3 week programs will be available for volunteers under the age of 18.

Scholarship Opportunity for Discount: Five $500 scholarships offered by United Planet for any short-term volunteer program (1 to 12 weeks) or long-term program volunteer program (6-month or one-year) in any of the program destinations below.

Students must be AGE 16 OR OLDER by the dates of the program and must apply for a program for which they are eligible.

• Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico

• Asia: India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam • The Pacific: New Zealand

• Europe: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland,Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom

• Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda *Scholarship recipients must depart on their program by December 31, 2018.

Application Requirements:

  • Personal statement of 500 words describing how your experience living and serving abroad in a different culture will inspire and enrich your academic and professional pursuits as an NSHSS scholar.
  • Resume (may be copied and pasted or uploaded)
  • Transcript (may be uploaded, mailed, or emailed)
  • Educator Recommendation (submitted via online form; link is provided in application)
  • Color headshot suitable for website posting
  • Students must have parent approval before applying for the scholarship and select a program starting between April 15, 2018, and December 31, 2018.

All NSHSS members will receive 10% off of United Planet’s Short-Term Quest Volunteer Abroad Programs year-round, and 5% off United Planet’s Long-Term Quest Volunteer Abroad Programs year-round. *Note that discounts cannot be combined with this scholarship.

Please visit http://www.unitedplanet.org/volunteer-abroad for more information on United Planet's Volunteer Abroad Programs.

Eligible NSHSS Members will be invited to apply on their Member Dashboard when the application opens.