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Jason Pollington Latin American Scholarship Programs

Eligible Countries

Argentina,
Brazil,
Chile,
Ecuador,
Paraguay,
Uruguay

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Academic Year, Fall Semester

Deadline

Feb 28, 2024

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship to one of the programs listed above.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Meet the age requirements defined on the individual country pages

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident

  • Hold a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • Demonstrate financial need through the completion of a FACTS application. FACTS is an independent, third-party that assesses student eligibility for tuition assistance. For information about FACTS and the application process, please download the FACTS Information Sheet

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application

  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions

  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)

  • Candid and Headshot photos

Additional required information post-application submission includes:

  • Teacher Recommendation

  • Health certificate

  • School certificate

  • Parent-student agreement

  • Interview by YFU VolunteerCompleted FACTS application (due date March 15 for Fall departure programs and September 15 for Winter/Spring departure programs)

Application Fees

  • $75 Nonrefundable YFU Application Fee (paid directly to YFU)

  • $40 FACTS Application Fee to Assess Financial Need (paid directly to FACTS)

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip airline travel (domestic & international)

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family

  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents

  • Preparatory materials

  • Pre-Departure Orientation (mandatory attendance)

  • 24 hour support services in host country

  • Comprehensive overseas Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport

  • Visa fees (if necessary)

  • Any excess luggage tariffs

  • Personal spending money

  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience.

  • 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.

Orientation

Scholarship winner will participate in a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation.

Notes

  • Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.

  • The FACTS application (due March 15) fee for financial aid assessment is an additional $40, paid to FACTS directly. The applicant can pay $40 and apply for as many financial-need-based scholarships as they qualify and YFU offers. Students must be approved to go on a YFU program before YFU can consider them for financial aid scholarships. For this reason, students may want to wait to submit their FACTS application until after they are accepted into the YFU program.

PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF THIS PAGE AND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR YOUR REFERENCE.

If applying for multiple scholarships, please indicate each scholarship’s name and code on your application. All scholarship recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the scholarship selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.

Frequently Asked Questions



  • To demonstrate financial need for the Jason Pollington Scholarship, you need to complete the FACTS application, which is an independent, third-party assessment of your eligibility for tuition assistance.



  • The Pre-Departure Orientation is mandatory for Jason Pollington Scholarship recipients. During this orientation, scholarship winners receive essential information and guidance to prepare for their exchange program. It is a crucial part of the scholarship experience.



  • Upon returning home, Jason Pollington 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. This helps promote cultural exchange awareness.



  • Yes, if a scholarship winner cancels their program less than 30 days before departure, they are responsible for paying their airfare and cancellation fee.

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