GRIT Study Abroad Program

Scholarship Provided by : Foundation for Global Scholars

Scholarship Amount

Various Amount

Application Deadline

February 19, 2016


The GRIT (Globally Remarkable Intentional Talent) Program is a leadership development program for young adults (18 – 30) aspiring to become conscious global leaders. The GRIT program supports scholars with a four-component experience. Starting with the GRIT Summit (cost covered by FGS), continuing with a financially-supported international experience through a program of their choice, and concluding with a local or global community project. Throughout the program, scholars receive virtual ongoing mentorship and curriculum. After the year long program GRIT scholars have the knowledge, experience, and network to ensure they are tackling global challenges with a whole-community approach.

The GRIT Program is a year long program starting in June of 2016 and running through May of 2017, applications open December 1, 2015. All GRIT Scholars must complete all four components of the GRIT program.

The GRIT Summit is a four-day (three-nights) gathering in Denver, Colorado in June.  This program equips participants with conscious leadership skills, cultivates design thinking, develop cultural competence, works to improve communication skills with people of different backgrounds, and connects participants with mentors.

Dates for 2016: June 13th – June 16th

The GRIT Scholars receive a $2,000 scholarship ($1,500 while abroad and $500 after scholars have completed project deliverables) for their international experience. Scholars must participate in a program abroad for no less than 28 days. These experiences include studying, teaching, interning, skilled volunteering*, and researching abroad.

We will accept most university accredited study abroad program 28+ days or longer.  We also support students undertaking non-university accredited programs as long as the program meets the listed criteria below and in particular programs where there is a structured learning component.  Students will submit a description and website link for their intended program as part of the GRIT application process. The Foundation for Global Scholars reserves the right to review and decide if your specific program meets the criteria for the GRIT scholar program.

This time abroad will be spent immersed in the culture building relationships with community members, learning from locals, and practicing cultural competence.



scholar deliverables
Due May 23, 2016: Scholar Goal Setting Reflection
Due May 23, 2016: Scholar Pre-Assessment
Due June 23, 2016: Scholar Summit Reflection
Due July 31, August 31, September 30, October 31, November 30, December 30, January 31, February 28, March 31, April 30: Mentorship Reflections
Scholars must participate in 8 out of the 11 Cohort Monthly Sessions between July 2016 – May 2017
Due May 31, 2017: 4 – 10 minute Video Project Portfolio
Due May 31, 2017: Scholar Post- Assessment
Due May 31, 2017: GRIT Survey
our scholars are young adults who:
are ready to tackle global challenges
have a track-record of serving their community
believe in learning globally so they can act locally
are passionate about affecting positive change
are open to learning
are 18 (as of the Summit on June 13, 2016) -30 (as of the Summit on June 13, 2016) years old
are U.S. Citizens
*Portions of our scholars are from the Colorado community and a portion represent the other areas of the U.S.

Stage 1: Demographic information, short answer questions and video submission 

Application Opens: December 1, 2015
Application Deadline: February 19, 2016

Stage 2: Interview 

Interviews Conducted between: March 16, 2016 – March 30, 2016
Stage 3: Applicants informed 

Applicants informed of program acceptance: April 6, 2016


Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, American Indian, African American
United States
Graduate Students, Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshmen

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