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Study Abroad in High School! SPI’s 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.

Download Scholarship & Fundraising Guide

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.

Go Farther Foundation Travel Grants     FastWeb Scholarship Directory     International Scholarship     Scholarships4Students     National Art Foundation     Brower Youth Awards     ScholarshipsAmerica.org     The Family Travel Writing Scholarship     African-American Scholarships

About SPI Scholarships & Diane Goodwin

Diane and Guy 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 Scholarships

One deserving student will earn a full scholarship (including airfare) to participate in our Flamingo or Monteverde, Costa Rica two-week program (exact program session will be determined in April based on sessions capacity and your availability).  Please complete the application form to apply.

Application Deadline: March 15

The winner will be announced April 1!

Apply for Full Scholarship

SPI 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!

Apply for Partial Scholarship

Information for Parents on SPI Study Abroad Programs for Teenagers

Study Abroad Programs for High School Students