The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service

About the Scholarship

An increasingly globalized world needs young leaders who can bridge divides and help solve our biggest challenges together.

The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO of Airbnb to help shape such leaders. Even though they come from different backgrounds, both the President and Brian believe that exposure to new places and experiences generates understanding, empathy, and cooperation which equips the next generation to create meaningful change.

The Voyager Scholarship is open to students entering their junior year of college at an accredited four-year college or university in the US, who have demonstrated a financial need, and who are US citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients.

This scholarship gives college students financial aid to alleviate the burden of college debt, meaningful travel experiences to expand their horizons, and a network of mentors and leaders to support them, including:

  • Up to $50,000 in financial aid Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in "last dollar" financial aid for their junior and senior years of college. This financial aid should alleviate the burden of college debt so that students can afford to pursue a career in public service.

  • Summer Voyage Students will receive a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college. The students will design their own Summer Voyage to gain exposure to new communities and experience in a chosen field.

  • Fall Summit Students will be invited each fall to an annual summit to help define and inspire their public service journey. 

  • Network of leaders Throughout the program, students will be invited to an ongoing speaker series, giving them access to a network of leaders. This network of leaders will expose them to new areas of service and innovations happening in their fields. After graduation, they will join the Obama Foundation's global community, providing them with Foundation resources and programming.


Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Plan to enroll full-time in their junior year of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States in Fall 2024. Eligible students are:

    1. Finishing sophomore year in Spring 2024

    2. Or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their 2024-2025 junior academic year

  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent

  • Have demonstrated a commitment to public service

  • Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation

  • Be a United States (US) citizen, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)

Application Process

The application for the Voyager Scholarship for Public Service is now open! Applications close on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Visit the Voyager Scholarship website to learn more and apply. 

Finalists will be notified in May and selected Voyagers will be notified in July. The program begins in August 2024. 

Dartmouth Winners


Kenny Mok '25

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