The LEAPNOW Scholarship
LEAPNOW offers a generous supplemental scholarship for LEAPYEAR students of up to
Who is Eligible?
Scholarship awards are based on combined financial need and demonstrated fit for the
LEAPYEAR program. We want to support outstanding young adults who are passionate about making a positive
difference in the world and who otherwise may not be able to afford the LEAPYEAR program. LEAPNOW scholarships are offered as a supplement to the federal financial aid offered
through Naropa University.
How to Apply for the LEAPNOW Scholarship
Step 1 – Submit your LEAPYEAR application.
Step 2 – Submit a scholarship request letter that contains the following information:
- A description of your family’s current financial situation, including how much you
can realistically contribute to the LEAPYEAR tuition. Please be specific.
- Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and/or your estimated financial aid from the
- The specific dollar amount you are requesting as scholarship from LEAPNOW. Generally,
scholarships range from $500-$10,000.
- A description of any fundraising you have done or plan to do to supplement the scholarship
- Any other pertinent information that will aid us in making a scholarship decision.
Scholarship request forms can be emailed to email@example.com.
Call us at 707-431-7265 or email with questions!
Other Scholarship Opportunities
Scholarships available for undergraduate students studying abroad
With advance planning you may be able to obtain scholarship and loan money for your
LEAPNOW program. Below are several scholarships that we have found to be helpful
for LEAPNOW students.
- GoAbroad.com Complete Guide to Study Abroad Scholarships. A great central location for a wide variety of funding sources.
- Test Drive Your Future: Gap Year scholarships for students 18 - 25 who wish to use their gap year experience
as an "Extreme Test Drive", to figure out what they really want to do with their college
and career path.
- LIVFund: LIVFund was established in 2011 in order to recognize and proudly support study,
internship and volunteer opportunities in Latin America. LIVFund has been designed
for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer [LIV] in Latin America and is seeking
financial assistance in order to offset program or living abroad expenses. Their goal
is to help others get the most out of their experience abroad.
- Fund for Education Abroad: The newly established Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was created in order to open
doors for deserving education abroad students. Starting with the 2011-2012 academic
year, FEA will award funds for students planning to study abroad on any academically
- The Foundation for Global Scholars: A non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado whose mission is to create
global citizens and leaders by assisting students in achieving their personal and
professional goals of obtaining cultural and academic experiences abroad. The Foundation
will support this mission by awarding scholarships to help enable students to obtain
an international experience. Students who are from underrepresented populations in
international education are a priority.
- Schepp Foundation: Requires university credit and good GPA.
- Marion Wright Edelman Scholarship: Requires university credit (for students of minority background)
- America's Unofficial Ambassadors: Scholarships ranging from $2,000 - $5,000 to support Americans volunteering in Muslim-majority
- Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA): They offer awards of up to $7,000 to U.S. undergraduate students needing financial
support to study abroad in East/Southeast Asia. The primary goal of this scholarship
is to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast
Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need.
Visit their website for more information.
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas
study for college credit. Students studying critical need languages are eligible for
up to $3,000 in additional funding as part of the new Critical Need Language Supplement
program. Critical Need Languages include Arabic, Chinese. Korean, Russian, Turkic
(Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek), Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish,
Pashto, Tajiki), Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati,
Sindhi). They have approx. 2 applicants for each award.
- The Critical Language Scholarship: The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language
and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.
- Bridging Scholarships: They offer $2,500 scholarships to students participating in study programs in Japan.
- British Council: Funding studies in the United Kingdom.
- Institute of International Education: Provides scholarships for study outside of W. Europe, Australia, New Zealand & Canada.
- Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: For undergraduate, graduate & vocational study, the scholarship is set up to further
international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries
and geographical areas.
- Scholarships for Multicultural Students: Hosted by Michigan State University, this page lists several scholarships for various
- UK 9/11 Scholarship Fund: For those who lost a parent or guardian in the 9/11 attacks.
- The Earth Island Institute Brower Youth Award: An organization that recognizes young people for their outstanding activism and achievements
in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Maximum Award: $3,000.
Eligibility: youth ages of 13-22. Deadline: May 15.
- The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships: The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two
graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities (LD) who are pursuing post-secondary
- Varsity Tutors College Scholarships: Monthly $1000, based on an essay.
- International Internships: $100 - $500, based on essays.
- University Tutor Scholarships: Monthly $1000, based on a short essay. Eligibility: Ages 16 and up.
Scholarships for Californian Residents, two good resources:
Most states have scholarships for their residents - search for scholarships in your
specific state through the Internet. Also, a number of Universities offer Entrance
Scholarships to students that have participated in an alternative education or gap
year program. When you're looking at schools, remember to ask about Gap Year Scholarships.
Scholarships for people with disabilities, including learning disabilities:
Free scholarship services and scholarship information
These services offer more information on how to find and apply to scholarships you
are eligible for:
Loans for study abroad
- GreenNote: An organization that helps students connect with their social network—friends, family,
friends of family, community leaders and others—to ask for small student loans. GreenNote
helps formalize everything into legally binding loans and handles all the details.
Get creative. Try connecting with your local community, religious and academic organization.
Your local Rotary Club is a great place to start. These groups may set aside funding
or take special collections for students. They might also choose to sponsor a student,
because these groups often see students volunteering abroad as representatives or
role models and may even ask you to speak at their meetings when you return home.
Past students have written to friends and family and gotten them to give a donation
toward their LEAPYEAR in lieu of birthday or Christmas presents. Some restaurant chains
have a deal where you invite a bunch of people to come and eat, and they give 10%
of the final amount paid back to you as a fund-raising support. Get donations from
businesses and friends for auction items, and hold an auction to help you pay for
Other past LEAPYEAR students have substantially reduced the cost of their program
by gathering frequent flyer miles for their international and domestic airfares (potential
savings of up to $3,000), by choosing low-cost or paying internships, and by fund-raising
through friends and family. LEAPYEAR students have raised up to $7,000 through these
kinds of efforts.
Check out this excellent guide to fundraising for travel written by Blake Boles of Unschool Adventures.
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