Featured Partner Scholarships: February/March 2023
By Matt Konrad
Some of our biggest-name and biggest-dollar partner scholarships are open now—don’t miss out! The CME Group Foundation is providing up to $60,000 over three years to students in the world of finance; the United Health Foundation is helping nearly 500 medical professionals enhance their skills and credentials; and the Voyager Scholarship, founded by President and Mrs. Obama and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, is offering once-in-a-lifetime scholarship and mentoring opportunities to rising juniors interested in public service careers.
Learn more about these incredible opportunities below, and visit our Browse Scholarships page for a listing of everything you can apply for right now!
CME Group Foundation Scholars Program
CME Group Foundation strives to empower future generations through education—equipping today’s students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Their specific focus is on preparing students from low-income and historically underserved communities for careers in financial services, and they work with a prestigious group of partner schools that provide evidence-based support programs for this group of students majoring in fields related to the financial services and technology industries.
Currently, 35 CME Group Foundation Scholars are pursuing their college dreams thanks to support from this program. They include Emmanuella Nwokenkwo, a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, who says, “What excites me the most about my major is how dynamic finance is. I’m able to study financial markets, risk management, portfolio management and entrepreneurial finance. It’s helping me develop a solid foundational grasp of the world of finance.”
Eligible students can now apply for renewable scholarships of up to $20,000 to be used toward a degree in finance, computer science, math, cybersecurity, data science, financial engineering, accounting, information technology or statistics at one of eleven CME Group Foundation partner schools (located in Illinois and New Jersey).
CME Group Foundation Scholars must identify as Black and/or Latinx, and must be current or rising sophomores, juniors or seniors who plan to enroll full-time at one of the specified partner schools for the entire upcoming academic year. Students enrolled in a 4+1 MS program are eligible. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
In addition to receiving a scholarship, CME Group Foundation Scholars will earn an expenses-paid trip to attend a one-day market education program at CME Group in Chicago in August 2023.
Applications are open until April 4. Apply Now >
United Health Foundation Diversity in Health Care Scholarship
The Diversity in Health Care Scholarship supports underrepresented health professionals in obtaining upskilled certifications or degrees for clinical careers in medicine, nursing, midwifery, mental health and other specialties.
This program is open to current or former health professionals and will provide 475 awards of up to $3,200 to students from historically underrepresented populations who are seeking to advance their clinical skills.
We invite applications from clinical professionals including, for example:
- Nurse Practitioner seeking a psychiatric-mental health certification
- Doula seeking a nursing degree or certified nurse midwife
- Social worker seeking a master’s of social work
- CNA to LPN
- Dental assistant to dental hygienist
- Other upskilling clinical pathways
(Note: Physicians who are seeking additional certifications or degrees are not eligible.)
You must currently hold an active license/certificate to practice in a clinical health career, and be planning to enroll in full-time or part-time study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational-technical or graduate school, starting in Fall 2023.
The United Health Foundation Diversity in Health Care Scholarship is open specifically for students from historically underrepresented communities, including those who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
“I want to help individuals who feel like they are not being represented in the medical field,” said 2022 scholarship recipient Tuyet Nhu Truong, BSN, RN, who is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife. ““I am excited to be an advocate. That’s always been my start and end goal. I cannot wait to sit with patients and help them advocate for themselves to get the care they want.”
Applications are open through March 24. Apply Now >
The Voyager Scholarship
The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service
In an increasingly globalized world, forging connections is more important than ever. To give young people from all backgrounds and perspectives the chance to broaden their horizons, meet new people and build the networks they need to make a difference, President and Mrs. Obama and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, are continuing the Voyager Scholarship for Public Service. The first cohort of 100 Voyagers was selected in 2022, and the 2023 application is open now through March 22.
The Voyager Scholarship will help reduce the burden of college debt so students can afford to go into a career of public service, providing up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid for students’ junior and senior years during the two-year program.
Beyond the financial support, Voyagers will also experience horizon-expanding travel. For the summer between their junior and senior years, the program will allow students to design their own summer journey to gain exposure to new communities and work experience in a chosen field — all supported by a $10,000 stipend and free housing in Airbnb listings.
Voyagers will also be invited to an annual Summit. At the Fall 2023 Summit, they’ll meet with President Obama, Brian Chesky, and other values-driven leaders to explore a wide-range of entrepreneurial approaches to the public good. Throughout the program, they’ll participate in an ongoing speaker series and fireside chats to learn from and connect with a wide range of leaders across sectors.
Finally, benefits will continue after graduation: Voyagers will connect with the Obama Foundation’s alumni network, giving them opportunities to network with and learn from alumni from around the world and participate in ongoing programming. And Airbnb will provide Voyagers with an annual travel credit for ten years, so they continue to benefit from travel and exposure to new experiences to create change.
The two-year scholarship is open to students entering their junior year of college in the United States. You must demonstrate financial need, have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or DACA recipient. Ideal candidates are high potential students of all backgrounds and from all across the country who are eager to serve their communities, but who might not have the same opportunities as others.
Applicants should share a curiosity about the world around them and a desire to learn from new places and experiences. They should have a demonstrated interest in cultivating community, a passion for helping others, and an expansive view of what’s possible through public service.
Applications are open through March 22. Apply Now >