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The Voyager Scholarship: The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service

An increasingly globalized world needs young leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together. 

The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, to help shape such leaders. Even though they come from different backgrounds, both the President and Brian believe that exposure to new places and experiences generates understanding, empathy, and cooperation which equips the next generation to create meaningful change. 

The Voyager Scholarship provides barrier-reducing “last dollar” financial aid of up to $25,000 per year for students’ junior and senior years of college. In addition, students will have the opportunity to design a summer-long work/travel experience (supported by a $10,000 stipend and free housing in Airbnb-listed properties), be invited to attend a Summit with President Obama and Brian Chesky, and gain access to an exceptional network of purpose-driven leaders.  

The two-year scholarship is open to students entering their junior year of college in the United States. You must be a rising college junior (you will be considered a junior based on your total number of earned credits at your institution), with demonstrated financial need, 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.