Scholarships & Financial Aid
Families requesting financial assistance indicate their intention to apply for aid by indicating so on their child's online application. Learn more about the financial assistance application process.
SYA recognizes high school students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability, commitment to their home school communities and passion for exploring other cultures. In addition to need-based financial aid, SYA offers a range of scholarships (some with specific criteria) to assist families with providing their children an outstanding academic experience.
Read more about the scholarship requirements below.
SYA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities.
All applicants are automatically considered for the scholarships for which they qualify. A completed application must be submitted by February 7, 2018; no supplemental materials are required. Recipients are chosen by the SYA Admissions Committee and will be notified at the time of acceptance. Scholarship recipients are not precluded from receiving additional financial assistance should the family qualify for financial aid.
SYA Merit Scholars
The SYA Merit Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of exceptional students who demonstrate strong academic ability, commitment to their communities and passion for exploring other cultures. SYA Merit Scholarship awards vary in amount with recipients receiving up to $15,000.
SYA Scholars are chosen from the general pool of applicants and will be notified at the time of admission. Applications must be completed by February 7, 2018; no supplemental materials are required.
Scholarship for Students Currently Enrolled in Public Schools
The Scholarship for Students Currently Enrolled in Public Schools is open to an outstanding scholar currently enrolled in a public school. The $30,000 scholarship recognizes both exceptional academic ability and demonstrated need.
Scholars are chosen from the SYA applicant pool who attend a public school and qualify for Financial Aid. Recipients will be notified at the time of admission. Applications must be completed by February 7, 2018; no supplemental materials are required.
The SYA Legacy Scholarship is open to any child or sibling of an SYA graduate. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a recipient who has demonstrated success in academics and commitment to their home school.
Recipients will be notified at the time of admission. Applications must be completed by February 7, 2018; no supplemental materials are required.
The Halsey Fund was established in 2011 in honor of Woodruff W. Halsey II-former president, executive director, resident director and teacher. The Halsey Fund is awarded each year to a high school student who demonstrates exceptional academic ability, financial need, and a substantial interest in global study, understanding cultural differences and developing language proficiency.
Eligibility: Any high school student applying to School Year Abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year who exhibits exceptional academic ability, demonstrates a passion for international studies, and qualifies for financial aid.
Award: The Halsey Fund scholarship recipient is awarded full tuition. In addition SYA will provide a stipend for round trip airfare to the SYA school of enrollment.
Applicants who have completed their applications by February 7, 2018 and have been identified by the Admissions Committee as a finalist will be notified and invited to be interviewed by the Halsey Scholarship Committee
How to Apply:
1. Complete an online application for admission to SYA. If you are a student at a member school, please see your coordinator before beginning an application.
2. Write a separate essay answering: “Tell us something you have accomplished - at school, at home, or in your community - that has prepared you to make the most of your experience attending School Year Abroad.” The essay should be no more than 500 words and emailed as an attachment to SYA Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 7, 2018. Please make sure to include your name and the SYA country to which you are applying on your attachment.
3. Complete the financial aid application by February 14, 2018.
SYA must receive your complete SYA application (including transcript, interview and teacher recommendations) and Halsey Fund essay by February 7, 2018 in order to be considered for the Halsey Fund Scholarship. Your financial aid application must be received by February 14, 2018.