February 2020 Update: Scholarships for summer 2020 are still available! Contact us as soon as possible at info@experiment.org to learn more.


The Experiment in International Living invites high school students in Monroe County, Florida, to compete in the Global Leaders Essay Competition. The 35 winners will receive merit-based scholarships to study abroad this summer with The Experiment in International Living. The scholarship includes 50% off the tuition of The Experiment’s 20 programs around the globe, as well as a waived application fee.

2020 Early Application Discount: Ten students who submit their essays by December 9, 2019, are guaranteed their first choice program & $750 OFF. Early applicants receiving this discount are not also eligible for the 50% scholarship.*

Scholarships can be applied only to program fees. Participants will be required to purchase The Experiment’s group international airfare and pay the remaining 50% of tuition. Participants traveling to/from our USA program will travel independently from the group and purchase their own airfare.

*To be eligible for the $750 discount, you must submit a complete essay form, Conditions of Participation, and the nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $400 must be paid by December 9. This discount cannot be combined with others. f program cost is a barrier to participation, The Experiment will offer additional need-based scholarship funds to students who cannot participate due to program cost. (Students seeking additional funding must complete the need-based scholarship application form after they are selected to participate.)


We live in a rapidly changing world, with massive movement and migration of people, environmental challenges, and the growing complexity of technology and global connectivity. To address the challenges that we face on local and global scales, we need a generation of leaders that can communicate ideas and take action to find solutions. The Experiment is offering scholarships in order to find high school students who want to cultivate a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to global issues in diverse communities.

The Experiment is looking for essays that are thoughtful and well written, and that fully answer both of the following prompts:

Part I: Please identify a particular global issue (e.g. climate change, immigration, racism, etc.), and describe how you will make a difference in Monroe County if you are selected to be one of The Experiment’s Monroe County Global Leaders. (Maximum 200 words)

Part II: The scholarships will be awarded to future leaders who can thoughtfully explain how they would benefit from being an Experimenter next summer. In 300-500 words, identify what you expect to be the most challenging aspects of The Experiment for you, how you will overcome these challenges, and the areas in which you expect to grow as an individual. What leadership skills will you bring to your Experiment group (of 12-15 future leaders)? How will your participation in The Experiment change your life, help to clarify your personal lifetime objectives, or prepare you for supporting your local community?


1. Before January 15, 2020, complete the entry form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/monroe20.

2. On February 5, 2020, The Experiment will announce the 35 essay scholarship recipients.

3. Scholarship winners will be required complete all sections of The Experiment’s online application, including the Program Selection page with your top three program choices, Applicant Profile, Short Answers, Letter of Reference, and Host Family Letter.

• On the Program Selection page, answer “Yes” to the question, “Were you nominated to participate by your mentoring organization, sponsoring organization,  or sending high school?” Then, choose “Monroe County Essay Contest,” from the picklist.

     • The Experiment’s $50 application fee is waived for essay contest submissions.

     • The 35 essay winners should copy and paste their Monroe County essay into The Experiment’s online application Essay section.

     • The Experiment cannot guarantee your top choice program, as program availability may be limited depending on current enrollment. We will do our best to match you with one of your top three program choices.

  • Students seeking additional need-based funding must have their financially responsible parent/guardian complete the need-based scholarship application form.

4. The Experiment office will notify winners of their assigned Experiment program by Monday,  February 12, 2020. Students who received the early discount of $750 off only are guaranteed their first choice program.

5. To confirm your participation, winners will be required to submit a $400 nonrefundable enrollment deposit and signed Conditions of Participation by February 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST.

6. Other confirmation materials, including passport copies and medical forms, must be submitted before the published deadlines.