Global Leaders is our flagship need-based award program for students who are in need of financial assistance. As part of our commitment to make study abroad possible for all students, we encourage you to apply for a Global Leaders need-based award.

Scholarship Type: Need-based
Scholarship Award Value: 

  • Global Prep summer programs (1-4 weeks): Up to $500
  • Summer 4-8 weeks: Up to $1,250
  • Semester/Year High School: Up to $2,000

Applicable Programs: Most AFS study abroad destinations
Application Deadline: Available on a rolling basis, application deadline relative to the program departure date
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Qualify for financial assistance.

  • Families who qualify typically have household incomes of $65,000 or less, though some extenuating circumstances will be considered.
  • The AFS scholarship review committee meets regularly to review Financial Aid School Tuition (FAST) applications on a rolling basis.

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Scholarships questions? Contact the Scholarship Team at [email protected].


Arizona

Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson Metro Areas

Made possible by the generosity of the Carstens Family Funds. Beat the heat in Arizona this year and study abroad with AFS, while taking advantage of some significant scholarship opportunities.
Students from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Prescott, and the Tuscon metro areas may qualify for Global Leaders need-based awards covering up to 90% of the AFS program fee.*

*Ninety percent awards are not guaranteed. Award amounts are based on the information you provide in your FAST financial aid application and the funds available at the time of completion.

All other cities

Global Leaders need-based scholarships are available for qualified students living in this state. Average need-based awards may vary based upon the AFS program length:

  • Up to $500 for Global Prep
  • Up to $1,250 for Summer Programs
  • Up to $2,000 for Semester and Year Programs

Arkansas

Made possible by the generosity of W.W. and Anne Jones Charitable Scholarship Fund

From the Ozarks to the Mississippi River, if you live in the beautiful state of Arkansas, act now to take advantage of some significant local scholarship opportunities.

Families may qualify for Global Leaders need-based scholarships covering up to 50% of the AFS program fee.*

*A 50% award is not guaranteed. Award amounts are based on the information you provide in your FAST financial aid application and the funds available at the time of completion.


California

San Diego County

Made possible by the generosity of the Carstens Family Fund. Students living in the San Diego Metro Area are eligible for significant local need-based award opportunities. Eligible students may qualify for Global Leaders need-based awards covering up to 50% of the program fee.*

Ventura County

Students attending either Ventura High School or Buena High School may be eligible for a Global Leaders need-based scholarship of $2,500.*

* Awards are not guaranteed. Award amounts are based on the information you provide in your FAST financial aid application and the funds available at the time of completion.

All other counties

Global Leaders need-based scholarships are available for qualified students living in this state. Average need-based awards may vary based upon the AFS program length:

  • Up to $500 for Global Prep
  • Up to $1,250 for Summer Programs
  • Up to $2,000 for Semester and Year Programs

Michigan

Detroit Metropolitan Area and Southeastern Michigan

Made possible by the generosity of the Samuel L. Westerman Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund

This scholarship enables minority, need-based students the opportunity to study abroad. Funding is up to $3,000*. To be considered for this scholarship, please follow the steps below.

*A $3,000 award is not guaranteed. Award amounts are based on the information you provide in your FAST financial aid application and the funds available at the time of application.

All Other Areas

Global Leaders need-based scholarships are available for qualified students living in this state. Average need-based awards may vary based upon the AFS program length:

  • Up to $500 for Global Prep
  • Up to $1,250 for Summer Programs
  • Up to $2,000 for Semester and Year Programs

Minnesota

Made possible by the generosity of the Art & Martha Kaemmer Fund of the HRK Foundation Scholarship Fund and the Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Hulings Endowed Scholarship Fund

If you live in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, you may be able to take advantage of local scholarship opportunities. Students who qualify could receive a Global Leaders need-based scholarship covering up to 50% of the AFS program tuition*.

*A 50% award is not guaranteed. Award amounts are based on the information you provide in your FAST financial aid application and the funds available at the time you complete your FAST application.


Ohio

Greater Cleveland

Made possible by the generosity of the Thomas Duke Memorial Scholarship Fund

Students living in Greater Cleveland are eligible for significant local scholarship opportunities. Students who qualify may receive a Global Leaders need-based award up to 50% of the AFS program fee*.

*A 50% award is not guaranteed. Award amounts are based on the information you provide in your FAST financial aid application and the funds available at the time of completion.

All other cities

Global Leaders need-based scholarships are available for qualified students living in this state. Average need-based awards may vary based upon the AFS program length:

  • Up to $500 for Global Prep
  • Up to $1,250 for Summer Programs
  • Up to $2,000 for Semester and Year Programs

Texas

Houston Metro Area

Thanks to some wonderful local donors and volunteers, there are more funds available for prospective AFSers from the Houston metro area.

Families may qualify for a Global Leaders need-based award up to $2,500*. To apply, follow the steps below.

*A $2,500 award is not guaranteed. Award amounts are based on the information you provide in your FAST financial aid application and the funds available at the time you complete your FAST application.

All other cities

Global Leaders need-based scholarships are available for qualified students living in this state. Average need-based awards may vary based upon the AFS program length:

  • Up to $500 for Global Prep
  • Up to $1,250 for Summer Programs
  • Up to $2,000 for Semester and Year Programs