Scholarship & Fundraising

2020 Travel Scholarship

Theme: Becoming a Global Citizen

Finding your place in the world is as much about human connection as it is introspection. What does global citizenship mean to you? How do you see it shaping your future? Are there steps that you think one can take to become a better global citizen?

We ask that students take this opportunity to think critically about what global citizenship means to them and demonstrate their responses creatively through their submissions.

Entries for artwork, photography and writing categories are judged on creativity, inventiveness and how the expression of the idea relates to the theme.

The postmark deadline for submission is January 31, 2020

Prizes

Winners will be sent written notification along with their ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificates. Prizes for each of the three award categories* are as follows:

  • One High School Grand Prize: $1,000 ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificate
  • One High School Runner-Up Prize: $500 ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificate
  • One Middle School Grand Prize: $1,000 ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificate
  • One Middle School Runner-Up Prize: $500 ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificate
  • All teachers sponsoring a winner or runner-up will be rewarded a special $250 ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificate that they may give to a deserving student of their choice.
* Middle School students are offered two categories to participate in: writing or artwork/photography.

 

Eligibility Details

The contest is open to students in grades 6 through 12 traveling on an ACIS tour from October 15, 2019 through October 14, 2020. All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the Sponsor Application Form and the Scholarship Entry Form. Entries will NOT be accepted without these two completed forms. Sponsors may submit entries from as many students as they wish. Each student may submit only one entry. Any incomplete or unsigned Sponsor Application Forms or Scholarship Entry Forms will not be accepted. Please read through the Scholarship FAQs before submitting an entry.

If you have already paid in full for your trip and you are awarded a scholarship prize, our Traveler Support team will refund your account. If you have any specific questions regarding your account, Traveler Support can be reached at 877-795-0813 and accounts@acis.com.

Scholarship Forms

Sponsor Application Form (PDF)
Student Scholarship Entry Form (PDF)

Send your Entry to:

ACIS Travel is Education Scholarship
343 Congress Street, Suite 3100
Boston, MA 02210

If you have any questions about the scholarship, send an email to contest@acis.com. Please note that all submissions to the Travel is Education Scholarship Contest become the property of ACIS. Entries cannot be returned for any reason.

Scholarship Winners

View the winning submissions of our 2019 scholarship recipients!

View Entries

Fundraising

From peer-funding to car washes, ACIS’ fundraising page provides you with a mix of innovative and traditional methods of fundraising for your upcoming trip.

Scholarship FAQs

What is the Travel is Education Scholarship Contest?

The Travel is Education Scholarship competition offers both teachers and students the chance to be rewarded for their creative expression and interest in the world. ACIS Travel Scholarships will be awarded in three categories: artwork, photography and writing.

Who is eligible?

The 2020 contest is open to those traveling with ACIS between Oct. 15, 2019 and Oct. 14, 2020.

How do I enter?

Entries must include a completed Sponsor Application Form and the Student Scholarship Entry Form. Each student may submit only one entry. Sponsors may submit entries from as many students as they wish. Any incomplete or unsigned Sponsor Application Forms or Student Scholarship Entry Forms will not be accepted. The Scholarship Contest deadline is January 31, 2020 (postmark).

Where do I send my entry?

Send your entry, with a completed Sponsor Application Form and the Student Scholarship Entry Form to: ACIS Travel is Education Scholarship 343 Congress Street, Suite 3100 Boston, MA 02210.

What are the artwork guidelines?

All two-dimensional media are acceptable, including paintings, drawings, collages or printed digital designs. Work should not be copied from photos, unless the student has taken the photograph personally or altered the image significantly from the photograph. Artwork may be no larger than 20 inches in any direction. We will accept either original artwork or reproductions (i.e. color photocopies or black and white copies of drawings). ACIS strongly encourages submitting color copies rather than original artwork. No slides or electronic files will be accepted. Entries cannot be returned.

What are the photography guidelines?

Photos should reflect a student’s own experience and imagination. Photos may be no larger than 20 inches in any direction. We will accept either color or black and white photos. No slides or electronic files will be accepted. Entries cannot be returned. Please include the following information about your photo: title, location, how the photo relates to the theme.

What are the writing guidelines?

Writing pieces must be typed and under one page in length. Both prose (creative and non-fiction) and poetry are acceptable; however, all entries will be judged from the same pool. No electronic files will be accepted. Entries cannot be returned.

Will my entry be returned?

Entries become property of ACIS and cannot be returned for any reason. We understand your desire to keep original artwork, and encourage you to submit high-quality copies.

How are the entries judged?

Entries will be judged on creativity and inventiveness in expressing an idea related to the theme. All judges’ decisions will be final.

What is a sponsoring teacher?

All students entering the scholarship contest must be sponsored by the teacher leading their ACIS tour (no assistant group leaders, please). All teachers sponsoring a winner or runner-up will be rewarded with a special $250 ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificate that they may give to a deserving student of their choice.

What is an ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificate?

ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificates are scholarships that may be used toward any ACIS program. Winners may deduct their scholarship prize from their ACIS trip fee.

When will the winners be announced?

Awards for the 2020 contest will be announced (and posted online) by the end of February 2020. Winners will be sent written notification along with their ACIS Travel Scholarship Certificates. Only winning entrants will be contacted.

What if I win a scholarship and I have already paid in full for my trip?

If you have already paid for your trip and you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a refund from our Traveler Support team. If you have any specific questions regarding your account, our Traveler Support team is available at 877-795-0813 and accounts@acis.com.

Who do I contact with additional questions?

Send an email to contest@acis.com or call ACIS Traveler Support at 877-795-0813.