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.
Financially-challenged students of all backgrounds with strong academic records and a desire to study abroad for a year in Brazil or India will be awarded full scholarships.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 to awarding scholarships to students residing in the US, AFS will provide participants from Brazil, India and South Africa the opportunity to study in the U.S. If you are interested in opening your home to a BP scholarship recipient, learn more about becoming a host family with AFS-USA.
More information and frequently asked questions (FAQ) can be found here in English and Spanish.
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 9, 2017.
Click each step to learn more.
1. Begin the process.
Start your application for a year program to one of the BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow scholarship destinations, Brazil or India.If you have already started an application with AFS and you would like to be considered for the BP scholarship, contact us at 1-800-AFS-INFO or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Submit a FAST application.
Email your Study Abroad Specialist at email@example.com to let us know that you are ready to start your FAST financial aid application for the BP scholarship.
To start your FAST application, click on the “FAST” logo to the right.
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 2015 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:
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 the Get Started portion 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 9, 2017.
Try to complete the Get Started tasks in your AFS application and the FAST financial aid application as soon as possible, to give you enough time to finish the second portion of the AFS application by the deadline.