The Experiment in International Living invites high school students in the Seattle, WA metro region to compete in the Global Leaders Essay Competition. The 5 winners will receive merit-based scholarships to study abroad this summer with The Experiment in International Living. The scholarship includes $2,000 off the tuition of The Experiment’s 20 programs around the globe, as well as a waived application fee.

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

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 the Seattle, WA area if you are selected to be one of The Experiment’s 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/experimentseattle.
  2. On February 5, 2020, The Experiment will announce the 5 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 “Seattle Essay Contest,” from the picklist.
    • The Experiment’s $50 application fee is waived for essay contest submissions.
    • The 5 essay winners should copy and paste their Seattle 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.
  1. The Experiment office will notify winners of their assigned Experiment program by February 12, 2020.
  2. To confirm your participation, winners will be required to submit a $400 nonrefundable enrollment deposit and signed Conditions of Participation by February 26th at 5:00 pm EST.
  3. Other confirmation materials, including passport copies and medical forms, must be submitted before the published deadlines.