Experimenters are high school students of different races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Experiment actively seeks to engage and enroll participants from a diversity of backgrounds throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Our groups are small, typically comprising 12 to 16 participants. They come from small towns and large cities; urban and rural areas; and public, private, and home schools. The diversity of our groups is an important part of what makes The Experiment a unique and rich experience. In addition to learning about their host culture, Experimenters should expect to learn about the diverse cultures and backgrounds that exist within the U.S. and throughout the world.
Summer 2019 Experiment Groups — At a Glance
440 Experimenters traveled to 22 countries worldwide.
Experimenters came from 35 U.S. states.
Experimenters came from 14 countries throughout the world: Canada, China, Colombia, France, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, and the U.S.
The average Experiment group had 14 participants with two adult group leaders.
$1.4 million in merit- and need- based scholarships were awarded to summer 2019 Experimenters, including $450,000 paid for by 60+ partner organizations/schools:
Need-based scholarships, from $200 to full scholarships covering program fees and international airfare, were awarded to 299 (68%) Experimenters.
The $1.7 million includes $300K in full merit-based scholarships to 30 students who participated in The Experiment Leadership Institute programs.
The Experiment’s Partnership Program
The Experiment partners with more than 60 high schools, mentoring organizations, community groups, and individual donors and foundations to provide funding for need- and merit-based scholarships.
A sample of these partnerships includes:
- A Better Chance – nationwide
- SEO Scholars – New York and San Francisco
- Step Up to Excellence – Massachusetts
- Monroe County Educational Foundation / Take Stock in Children – Florida
- Summer Search – nationwide
For more information about our partners, visit experiment.org/about-the-experiment/partners.
For more information on giving to The Experiment, visit experiment.org/donatenow.
Commitment to Diversity
The Experiment is committed to diversity. In 2017, The Experiment awarded $2 million in scholarship funding to 73% percent of our participants. We work with approximately 60 partner organizations to recruit diverse participants.
As an institution that values inclusion, The Experiment welcomes transgender students and participants in transition. As such we respect a participant’s gender identity at the time of program participation.
We ask all program participants to understand and respect the context, customs, and attitudes in the host country.