SPI SCHOLARSHIPS & FUNDRAISING
SPI Fundraising Guide
Fundraising is the best way to make studying abroad in high school a reality! We encourage you to download our student fundraising packet or visit our FundMyTravel crowdfunding page as a guide to help you meet your financial goals and needs.
Outside Funding Sources
Scholarship Money is Out There! While there are not a lot of scholarships dedicated specifically to high school summer programs abroad, there is money out there. The best way to fund your experience abroad is through personal resources, part-time and summer jobs, fundraising, and scholarships.
About SPI Scholarships & Diane Goodwin
In memory and honor of Diane Goodwin’s giving and loving spirit, SPI founded the La Esperanza Scholarship Fund to help students of all socioeconomic backgrounds study abroad in high school. Diane, originally from Canada, met her beloved husband, Guy, while traveling throughout Central and South America in the early 1970’s.
With a degree in out-post rural nursing, Diane changed her husband’s life by nursing him back to health from a near death encounter in La Esperanza (meaning “hope” in Spanish), Ecuador where they were temporarily living.
After continued travels in South America, Diane and Guy returned to the U.S. with an appreciation for the lifelong values of international travel, languages, and volunteer work. Diane continued dedicating her life to volunteer service and to her three children. She helped and influenced many people regardless of their background, and continues to be missed by all who knew her.
La Esperanza Full Scholarship – Costa Rica
One deserving student will earn a full scholarship (including airfare) to participate in our Costa Rica two-week program (exact program session will be determined in April). Please complete the application form to apply.
Application Deadline: March 15
The winner will be announced April 1!
SPI Ambassador Partial Scholarships
Ambassador partial scholarships are for students who are already enrolled in an SPI program or who are planning to enroll. SPI will award two $500 scholarships to apply toward participation on an SPI program of your choice. Students awarded the scholarship will become an SPI Ambassador for their program. Please first complete the regular program application, followed by the scholarship application below.
Application Deadline: March 15
Winners will be announced April 1!
SPI GLOBAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Enrolled students and alumni will have the unique opportunity to share their passion for high school study abroad with the world! SPI Global Ambassadors serve as invaluable peer mentors and teen educators while acquiring important global skills for the future both during and after their experience abroad.
To apply to become a 2016-2017 SPI Global Ambassador, contact Alumni Coordinator Justine Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more on SPI’s Global Ambassadors Facebook group.
Gain Valuable Leadership Skills
As international leaders and promoters, SPI Global Ambassadors will develop worthwhile professional and leadership skills such as mentoring, communicating, public speaking, marketing, and writing. These skills will be gained through blogging (Global Ambassadors write their own personal blogs, in addition to contributing to the SPI website’s blog), giving advice and answering questions from enrolled students, and promoting high school study abroad through class presentations and events. Being an SPI Global Ambassador will also provide students with an excellent leadership role for resumes and college applications.
Promote Study Abroad
SPI Global Ambassadors are in a unique position to share their passion for international education and study abroad! Whether it’s gaining a deeper cross-cultural understanding, learning to speak another language, or becoming more globally-informed and aware, SPI Global Ambassadors know the values that come from studying abroad and want to share this knowledge with the world. Our Ambassador team will work together to promote the opportunity to participate in the life-changing world of high school study abroad.
Become an Alumni Peer Mentor
Through engaging in online peer-to-peer advising sessions and Twitter Chats, SPI Global Ambassadors will learn how to effectively mentor and educate fellow students — a truly worthwhile skill for any student to possess. Global Ambassadors will be equipped to answer enrolled students’ questions, provide advice and encouragement to incoming students, and serve as positive alumni references for SPI.