Scholarships

“BP”

Full scholarships to study abroad for a year in Brazil, China, India, Malaysia or South Africa.

"As a global company with operations in over 80 countries, BP recognizes the value of investing in an interculturally-fluent workforce. Our partnership with AFS is evidence of our commitment to develop the talent of young students who are truly interested in becoming global citizens of tomorrow."

Redia Anderson, BP Chief Diversity Officer, Americas

The BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow scholarship program provides financially-challenged students the opportunity to study abroad and gain the intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy. The goal of the program is to increase students' intercultural awareness and second-language skills.

2016 marks the fifth year of the program. Twenty-three full scholarships to study abroad for a year in one of five countries will be awarded by AFS-USA to high school students residing in the USA who want to study in:

Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, South Africa.

Full scholarships will be awarded to financially-challenged students from diverse backgrounds with strong academic records and a desire to study abroad. Students with demonstrated strengths in academics and an interest in science, technology, engineering, math or other fields important to the energy industry will be a focus of the program.

In addition, 25 students from those countries will come to the U.S. to study in the greater Chicago area, and the states of Washington and Texas. If you live in one of these areas and are interested in opening your home to a BP scholarship recipient, learn more about becoming a host family with AFS-USA.

BP Scholarship Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Financial Need: Qualify for need-based financial aid as determined by submitting a financial aid application.
  • Academic Achievement: Determined by a teacher recommendation, academic history and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • S.T.E.M. Interest: Possess academic and career interest in science, technology, engineering, math or other fields important to the energy industry.
  • Age Range: Be between 15 -18 years of age (graduates and graduating seniors are not eligible).
  • Diversity: AFS and BP share a commitment to diversity and encourage students from any background to apply, including students of color and members of other under-represented communities.

How to Apply:

Applicants must complete the following steps by the deadline on March 1, 2016 March 14, 2016. Click each step to learn more.

1. Begin the process.

Before you begin your application, watch this informational video about the BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Scholarship.

Use Promo Code: BP to start your application for one of the five eligible BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow scholarship destinations. Contact us at 1-800-AFS-INFO or bpscholarship@afsusa.org if you need help getting started.

2. Submit a FAST application.

Watch this info video about the FAST application first.

FAST Need Based Application Click on the “FAST” button to the right to begin your FAST application.

AFS-USA grants FAST fee waivers to BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Scholarship applicants. Be on a look out for an email from your Study Abroad Specialist with your unique fee waiver.

Please note that your application will not be complete until ALL required tax documents are verified. Upon submitting the online FAST application, you should have received an email from FAST specifying which tax documents you must provide. There are two ways you can submit your tax documents to FAST.

The email that you will receive from FAST will also contain instructions on how to use FAST's quick processing system to ensure your tax documents receive priority handling once received by FAST. We encourage you to use the quick processing system and upload your 2014 tax documents to your FAST application using the Tax Scanner found on the FAST website.

Alternatively, if you don't have access to a scanner, you should mail taxes to FAST directly to the following address:

ISM
Attn: FAST Processing
1316 N. Union St.
Wilmington, DE 19806-2594

IMPORTANT! You must put “AFS-USA” on the front of the envelope under your return address. Faxed or emailed tax forms will not be accepted.

It typically takes FAST several days to verify the copies of your tax documents once they are received. When your FAST application has been verified, the AFS-USA scholarship committee will review the application and contact you with the results.

3. Complete your AFS application.

After submitting your FAST financial aid application and initial sections of your AFS application, the scholarship review committee will review your application on a rolling basis. If you are eligible to move forward in the BP scholarship consideration process, you will be notified and asked to complete the rest of the online application by March 1, 2016.


Frequently Asked Questions

Review our most frequently asked questions about this scholarship here.

Haz clic aquí para revisar nuestras preguntas más frecuentes sobre la beca de BP/AFS Ciudadanos Globales del Futuro en Español.

Brianna Rivera Becoming a BP Global Citizen taught me so much about the world. When I returned from Brazil, I started at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I don’t believe I would have the skills and qualifications needed for admittance at such a prestigious university without my experience abroad.- Brianna, TX