The Voyager Scholarship (Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service) provides up to $60,000 ($25,000/yr of financial aid for junior and senior year and $10,000 for a summer experience) for students focused on public service careers. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients who are entering their junior year with a 3.0+ GPA and demonstrated financial need are eligible.
The scholarship is awarded to students who plan to pursue a career in public service. A career in public service includes a range of occupations in government, non-profits or the private sector, from community organizing to social work and from entrepreneurship to the arts—all committed to solving our biggest challenges together.
February 17, 2023 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in 1022 Lincoln Hall
Students are encouraged to submit drafts of their Voyager application well in advance of the priority deadline to receive feedback from us. Attach your scholarship application materials in an email, along with a few potential meeting times no earlier than 2 business days after your submission to receive feedback. We are willing to work with students through numerous revisions.
February 22, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
The Voyager does not formally require a university endorsement. Thus, an applicant may choose to independently submit application materials. However, if you are interested in obtaining feedback on your Voyager Scholarship application from a campus committee, then you need to submit materials by this deadline. University faculty and staff who are familiar with the award will review materials received by this date. If materials are submitted late, only the National and International Scholarships program will provide feedback.
Required information includes:
- A signed Scholarship Waiver (either scanned or in hardcopy).
- A PDF of your Voyager Scholarship application, including the seven short answer questions and descriptions of activities.
Optional information includes the Voyager-required 2-minute video.
March 22, 2023
A complete Voyager Scholarship application must be submitted online by this date. We would appreciate a copy of all materials prior to submission.
The Voyager will select scholars before the program begins in September.
For official information on the Voyager Scholarship (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to application materials, please visit their website.