The Aspire by API scholarship offers awards that range from $250 to $1,000 per session. Fall, spring, academic year and summer students are eligible to apply.
To download a copy of the Aspire by API scholarship application, click here.
In addition to the Aspire by API scholarship application, we have assembled a list of outside resources that you may pursue to help you finance your study abroad experience.
Note: this list is not all inclusive, and is current as of August 3, 2012.
- African American Scholarships: Directory of scholarships. http://www.littleafrica.com/resources/scholarships.htm
- Brandon Goodman Scholarship: Awarding scholarships to high school and college students who complete an essay about their academic goals and contributions to their school and/or community. http://www.bgscholarship.com/
- The Earth Island Institute Brower Youth Award: Recognizing young people for their outstanding activism and acheivements in the fields of environmental and social justice. www.broweryouthawards.org
- The Family Travel Forum (FTF) Teen Travel Writing Scholarship: Write about a past travel experience, win some money for the next one! http://www.myfamilytravels.com/Teen_travel_writing
- Fast Web: This service provides a free customized list of financial aid sources including private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans. http://www.fastweb.com
- FundMyTravel.com: Create your own travel campaign to raise funds for your trip http://www.fundmytravel.com/
- GoEnnounce.com: Win a scholarship just by talking about what's going on at school! https://www.goennounce.com/
- GoFundMe.com: Create your own personal donation website. http://www.gofundme.com
- International Scholarships: A searchable database of various scholarships aimed at students studying abroad. (Note: not all links are up to date, but the site can still provide helpful leads). www.internationalscholarships.com
- National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts: Offering various scholarships to high school seniors involved in the arts http://www.youngarts.org/apply
- Rally.org: An online social fundraising platform. https://rally.org/
- Student & Youth Travel Association Youth Foundation: The “Road Scholarship” program is open to students in need http://www.sytayouthfoundation.org/grants.php?mode=road
Organize a community fundraiser, such as a yard sale or car wash. Bake sales and raffles work well too (and you can usually make a good amount of money just sitting by around during your lunch period). This can be very effective if your class is planning on going on one of Aspire’s customized programs. Check out http://www.equalexchange.coop/fundraiser for great fairly traded/eco-friendly products to sell.
Certain chain restaurants offer fundraising opportunities in which a portion of the total proceeds from one night is donated to your cause. Uno’s Chicago Grill runs a popular program called Dough Rai$ers (http://www.unos.com/getStarted.html).
Organize a Battle of the Bands (or similar event) at your school and charge an entrance fee.
Nonprofit organizations and the corporate world give away billions of dollars every year for a number of causes. If you have a great idea for a travel project, plan it out and present your case. Contact every local organization you can think of that might be open to awarding you a grant or scholarship to make it happen. Tailor your proposal for every presentation. Keep a blog for donors. Promise to give them a presentation when you get back. Remember, every donor that contributes is giving you a big hand and it’s nice to show them your appreciation!