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ICES Bridging Cultures Scholarship

How can we build cultural bridges and positive relationships with people who think or believe differently than we do?


Share your thoughts on this topic in a 400-600 word essay.


ICES will award seven scholarships2_-2


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 students in grade 9-12
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident enrolled full-time in a public, private, or 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, 2021.

Seven scholarships will be awarded as follows:  1st Place: $3000;  2nd Place: $2000;  Honorable Mention (5):  $1000 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 2021.



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


Questions?  Contact scholarships@icesusa.org

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