Be the Change Scholarships

Pitch us your idea for changing the world and earn a scholarship toward a GLA program in Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America.

Our Roots

We know from GLA's roots at African Leadership Academy that leaders are made, not born.

The founders of African Leadership Academy, a pan-African school supporting talented students from across the continent, had an idea to launch a summer program first, to help them prepare for the incredible challenges ahead in building an educational institution from scratch. This newly created summer program, drawing a diverse class of high school students from Africa, Asia, Europe, the United States, and elsewhere around the world, would help these changemakers learn what it takes to guide teens into roles as young leaders, ready and willing to give back to the communities they came from and face challenges both local and global.

They didn't know at the time that this small summer program would transform into Global Leadership Adventures, an organization that has given thousands of high school students from the U.S. and beyond the opportunity to change thousands more lives around the world, and begin to change themselves in the process.

Global Leadership Adventures didn’t start as a movement on day one. It started as an idea.

Be the Change. Earn a Scholarship.

This month, we invite you to be the change you wish to see in the world by pitching us your idea for changing the world.

Your idea can be big or small, easy to accomplish or a moonshot, something you can do in your home community or that could make a global impact.

What matters is that you're taking that first step to start the process of change by sharing your idea. That’s what being a leader is all about.

And we will recognize that first step by offering you a scholarship toward a GLA program.

Through March 15, you may select a 14-day or 21-day GLA program you'd like to travel to this summer and apply to receive a Be The Change Scholarship.

How to Apply for a Scholarship

Pitch us your idea for changing the world and earn a scholarship

Your idea for changing the world can be big or small or anything in-between.

Need guidance? Think about an idea that could improve your hometown or local community. Or consider something you may not be able to do on your own, but could improve the world’s environment, health or important social issue.

You have three ways to submit your pitch on how to change the world and earn a GLA scholarship:

  1. Submit your pitch using the website form directly below
    • You can write a pitch in just a few sentences on the form, or upload your pitch in another creative format!
    • If you need assistance, call us during office hours and and we'll be happy to help you apply over the phone (you can reach us at 858-771-0645)
  2. Apply on Instagram (see our Instagram post from March 3rd for details)
  3. Apply on Facebook (see our Facebook post from March 3rd for details)

*Scholarship awards start at $300 and vary based on duration and program selected. 

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Terms & Conditions

*14-day and 21-day GLA programs are eligible for scholarship applications up through March 15, 2019, though being awarded a scholarship for a specific program destination or session is not guaranteed. Amounts offered may vary.

The GLA Scholarship Committee honors the efforts all students put into their applications for the scholarship and will award accordingly. In many cases, if students do not receive a scholarship for their selected program destination or session, applicants may be awarded funds that can be applied toward an alternative program.

Some programs or session dates may be full, waitlisted or otherwise unavailable for scholarship redemption.

The GLA Scholarship Committee will review your application immediately and typically respond to you within 24-48 hours, by phone or email, to notify you on whether you were awarded a scholarship, and for which program(s) as well as the amount funded.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will need to complete your application on the website enrollment page by March 15, 2019 for the program you selected, and pay your application fee and deposit. Once you complete Page 1 of the application, your spot will be saved and your scholarship amount applied to your balance. Your scholarship cannot be applied to the application fee or deposit amounts, only the tuition balance.

You may also call us to apply or redeem the scholarship, with the support of an Enrollment Advisor, at 858-771-0645.

These scholarships cannot be combined with any other special offers, with the exception of need-based scholarships. If you received need-based financial aid, or if you are already enrolled in a GLA program this season, your scholarship offer or amount may be adjusted. In the event that a student chooses to switch his or her program of choice to a new program or session, the scholarship offer will not transfer over to the new balance.

Please Note: Any scholarship entry you submit through the Be the Change Scholarship application (written content, media upload, social media, etc.) as part of your pitch may be shared publicly by Global Leadership Adventures or used in upcoming promotions, and may be published on our website, catalog or elsewhere at GLA's discretion.