The Collegiate Voice is pleased to announce The World is Yours International Essay Scholarship! We are offering a scholarship award for a chance to travel abroad to the United Arab Emirates.

The scholarship is available to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are attending colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our goal is to assist in the educational efforts of expanding access for those academically and economically disadvantaged to study and travel abroad.

The United States has long been the largest receiver of international students, dominating about 20% of the global market.  However, the country has not been as successful in terms of sending students abroad.  According to data collected by the Open Doors report, only about 1% of all United States college students study abroad during their collegiate experience. Granted, the number of Americans studying abroad has increased nearly threefold in the last two decades, rising from fewer than 100,000 students in the early 1990s to nearly 300,000 today.  But, the number remains proportionally tiny and the opportunity to study abroad remains closed off to a vast majority of students, particularly those from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Lane, J. (2015, September 14). Expanding Access to Study Abroad for Disadvantaged Students. Retrieved September 18, 2015, from Communications List&utm_campaign=3aec5d9770-141216_winter_developments12_16_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e83904aedd-3aec5d9770-83812193


The scholarship includes:

  • Travel opportunity for one to United Arab Emirates
  • Round-trip Flight
  • Passport Fees
    • Passport fees and flights will be distributed after the winner has been notified.
  • Meals and lodging accommodations
  • Culture experiences and excursions


The winner of this essay contest will be awarded the opportunity to travel for 4 days to the United Arab Emirates. The Collegiate Voice will provide flight, passport fees, lodging, meals, and tours. More information will be provided to the winner once selected. Participant will engage in the country’s culture experiences including visits to all the must see sites in the wonderful United Arab Emirates. After tours, students will debrief and write about things learned and how this directly impacts them.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Application submissions open: Monday, November 23, 2015
  • Application submissions Close: Friday, February 5, 2016
  • Essay Judging Complete: February 14, 2016
  • Interview notifications: February 15-17, 2016
  • Interviews: February 19th & 20th and March 4th & 5th, 2016;
    • Interviews will take place on Fridays and Saturdays ONLY
  • Winner Announced: March 12th, 2016


  • This essay contest is open to U.S. high school seniors, and college freshman, sophomore, and juniors who are at least 18-years of age and are currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.
    • High school seniors must submit proof of attendance form (High School Proof of Attendance)
    • College students must submit college/university transcripts (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
  • Students must be continuing their course of studies at a college/university in the Fall 2016.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Essay Topic

  1. Discuss how this international experience will contribute to your immediate or long-term academic or professional goals.
  2. Why are you a good candidate to receive this award?

Application Guidelines

  • The essay must be no fewer than 750 words and no more than 1,500 words long. Essay must double spaced, 12 point font, and times new roman.
  • References
    • The scholarship requires one letter of reference.
    • Your reference may be a teacher, professor, advisor, extracurricular coach/leader, church leader, or volunteer coordinator.
    • Reference must be on a letterhead and include the following:
      • Years known and to what capacity
      • Why would this candidate be a great recipient to this award?
    • Please have your reference letter emailed directly to (


  • The Collegiate Voice mentor team will judge essays.
  • Submissions will be judged on content, correctness of facts, grammar, style, and originality.
  • Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well supported.
  • Application Packet must be complete.
  • All materials must be submitted on time

Selection Process

The judges will select the top 10 essays through the criteria listed above. The top ten winners will be notified on the dates found above.  The ten finalists will then go through a round of video interviews. At conclusion of the interviews and voting, the top finalist will be selected and notified.

Winner Notification

  • The top ten finalists, as selected by the judges will be notified via email
  • Winner will be announced and notified via email

To Apply to the Contest:

  • Download and complete application.
  • Read the General Rules
  • Return this form by email.
  • Submit 1 reference letter.
  • Email proof of high school attendance from school or college/university transcript.
  • Email submission material to
    • Application
    • Essay
    • Brief Biography
    • Photo (headshot)
    • Letter of reference
    • Proof of attendance or college transcript

Download application:

The World Is Yours International Essay Scholarship

High School Proof of Attendance

General Rules of The World is Yours International Scholarship Essay

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