YFU offers over 200 full and partial merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid to students every year.
To be considered for scholarship awards, students must meet the eligibility requirements listed on the individual Scholarship Information pages below and demonstrate characteristics like flexibility, tolerance, and open-mindedness. In addition to the standard application and fee (if required), students also need to submit essay responses, a host family introduction letter and teacher recommendations by the scholarship deadline. Students can apply for multiple scholarships and pay only one fee.
Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually. Students are encouraged to consider all of their scholarship options and apply them to as many as they qualify for by the December 1 scholarship application deadline!
- South Africa
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
Scholarship is open to Key Club members and Key Leaders. Students must be official members of the Key Club.
Students must hold a 2.0 for summer programs and a 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale for year and semester programs.
The applicant must be a US citizen.
Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship are not eligible.
Applicant’s birth date must fall between September 1, 1997, and July 15, 2002. Please note that students must meet the age requirements of the chosen country.
$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.
Complete Application Includes:
1 Complete Online Application
1 Teacher Recommendation
Host Family Letter
3 Short Answer Essay Questions
Application Fee (non-refundable)
All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
Round-trip international travel
Round-trip domestic travel
Placement with a carefully selected host family
Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
Support services in host country
Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for:
Visa fees (if necessary)
Any excess luggage tariffs
Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
Personal spending money
Upon returning home, scholarship winners are expected to complete at least one presentation in their school or community to share their experiences, teach others about the culture in their host country, and encourage other students to participate in foreign exchange.
Tuition balance not covered by the scholarship, due two weeks after award notification