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Obamas and Airbnb CEO Launch $100 Million College Scholarship 

The Obama Foundation is partnering with Airbnb to launch the “Voyager Scholarship” program, which aims to give college students interested in public service a financial boost through their final years of school and beyond. 

The scholarship will be funded through a $100 million donation made by Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and will be available for rising college juniors who have both “demonstrated a commitment to public service” and who plan to “pursue a future career in public service upon graduation,” a release said in part.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Up to $50,000 in financial aid: Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in financial aid for their junior and senior years of college. 
  • Summer Voyage: Students will receive a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing for summer work-travel experiences between their junior and senior year of college. The students will design their own voyage plans to gain exposure to new communities and experience in their chosen field.
  • A 10-year travel stipend, worth a total of $20,000: After graduation, Airbnb will provide the students with a $2,000 travel credit every year for 10 years. This will allow students to continue to broaden their horizons and forge new connections in their public service careers.
  • A Fall Summit: Students will be invited to an annual summit that will inform their public service work. This fall, they will meet with President Obama and Brian Chesky to talk about the role of empathy and understanding in leadership. They’ll also hear from guest speakers on different approaches to service.
  • A Network of leaders: Throughout their term of support, students will be invited to an ongoing speaker series that will expose them to new areas of service and innovations happening in their fields. After graduation, they will join the Obama Foundation’s global community, giving them access to the Foundation’s resources and programming.


Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Plan to enroll full-time in their junior year of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States in Fall 2022. Eligible students are:
    1. Finishing sophomore year in Spring 2022
    2. Or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their 2022-2023 junior academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to public service
  • Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
  • Be a United States (US) citizen, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)


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