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2022 ICES Bridging Cultures Scholarship

This scholarship is now closed.  Check back soon for details on the 2023 Bridging Cultures Scholarship!


How does knowing people from other countries & cultures make our lives better?


Share your thoughts on this topic in a 300-500 word essay.


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Meet last year's winners and read their winning essays here.

About ICES

Since 1991, International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) has been working to increase cross-cultural understanding and global peace through high school youth exchange.  ICES provides both inbound and outbound exchange opportunities, as well as the Global Ambassador Program in which American students provide peer support to exchange students in their communities.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a high school student in grade 9-12
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident enrolled full-time in a public, private, or home school in the United States.
  • ICES employees, paid contractors, board members, and their immediate families are ineligible to participate
  • Submit completed application and essay via email by April 1, 2022.

Seven scholarships will be awarded as follows:  1st Place: $3500;  2nd Place: $2500;  Third Place (5):  $1500 each.  Awards are for education-related expenses for undergraduate study only.  Awards are one-time only and not renewable.


Selection of Scholarship Recipients

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee and winners will be notified in May 2022.



Applicants agree to have their essay published by ICES, and their name and photo used in a local press release and for promotional purposes on the ICES website, social media accounts, newsletter, and other medium.


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