Human Connections is dedicated to making our programs accessible for students. Read about our two scholarship options below!

The scholarship application deadline for our Summer 2018 program is March 12th, 2018.

Need-Based Scholarship

Human Connections is committed to making our internships accessible to as many students as possible. We understand that the fee we charge to cover our costs can be restrictive, and we’d like to do our part to mitigate that. This scholarship, then, is available exclusively for applicants who can demonstrate a financial need. Priority will be given to Pell Grant recipients, as well as to students who do not have access to funding through their university.

*Note: For non-US applicants, please fill out the form to the best of your ability, mentioning that you do not attend school in the US. We’ll follow up with you directly to get country-relevant information.

Eligible applicants for this scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate Financial Need

    Accepted documents include: Student Aid Report (SAR), Financial Aid Award Letter, or Shopping Sheet. See FAQ below for more info!

  • Have already applied to our internship program

    Prior to the 2nd priority deadline

Ambassador Grant Program

Our Ambassador Grant is designed for outgoing students who are passionate about HC and our areas of impact. Recipients of this grant will make a commitment to become Ambassadors for HC during the year following their internship, involving supporting HC with outreach on their university campuses. Our Ambassadors form a valued part of our network!

*Due to the nature of this scholarship, applicants in their senior year will not be considered. 

Eligible applicants for this scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Be self-motivated and outgoing

    Convince us that you’ll be a strong ambassador

  • Have already applied to our internship program

    Prior to the 2nd priority deadline

  • Commit to HC’s Ambassador Program

    See the application page for more details


How many scholarships are given out, and for what value?

HC has a small fund, from which a limited number of scholarships per internship program are funded. For both our Need-based Scholarship and our Ambassador Grant, funds awarded per student range from $250 – $1500 in value. Each application is evaluated by a committee of advisors. Individual scholarship values are then decided on a case-by-case basis, and subtracted from our total scholarship fund.

Can you give me more details about the accepted supporting financial aid documents?

Student Aid Report (SAR): If you submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then you have access to a Student Aid Report. The SAR is a paper or electronic document that gives you some basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid and lists your answers to the questions on your FAFSA. You can view or print this document by logging in to the FAFSA homepage.

Financial Aid Award Letter: If you have been offered financial aid from your current school, you should have received an award letter detailing your aid package. This letter can be scanned and uploaded to support your application. 

Shopping Sheet: Some financial aid offices will issue what they call a “Shopping Sheet”, listing all of the financial aid you have been offered. We suggest asking your financial aid office if they’re able to provide a copy of this. 

Don’t have access to any of these documents? Please send us an email to see what other documents might be acceptable.

I don’t think either of these scholarship options are for me. What else do you suggest?

Many of our interns are able to partially fund their experience through their universities. We recommend speaking to your department, as well as to any relevant advisors, to see what grants might be available.

Additionally, Diversity Abroad is great site for learning about different scholarship options. We recommend doing some research there to see if any scholarships offered might be a good fit for you!

I’m not from the United States/I don’t attend a US university. Am I still eligible for these scholarships?

Of course! For our Ambassador Grant, we value Ambassadors from any university – in the US, or otherwise. For our Need-based scholarship, we suggest filling out to the application form to the best of your ability, though not all questions will be relevant to you. You can then send us a follow-up email, and together we’ll determine what country-relevant supporting documents we need to complete your application. 

REMEMBER: To be considered for either of our scholarships, you must apply for the internship program, as well as fill out the separate scholarship application (see below), prior to the second priority deadline of each program.

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