About the Putney Open Door Fund
The Putney Open Door Fund is a non-profit foundation whose purpose is to provide support for young people seeking educational summer experiences they could not otherwise afford. The Fund’s Board of Directors is committed to making the immeasurable benefits of an experience like Putney available to all students, regardless of their economic status.
The Putney Open Door Fund generally limits eligibility to students who are U.S. residents, whose parents’ combined income is less than $40,000, and who have few assets. Full and partial scholarships are awarded each year. Please note that because many applications are received, allocation is competitive. Preference is often given to students who have not had similar educational or travel opportunities.
How to Apply for a Scholarship
To be considered for a Putney Open Door Fund scholarship, students must meet eligibility requirements above and completed applications must be received by mail at the address specified below no later than February 15, 2018. Applications submitted online or via email/fax will not be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Application Deposits are waived for Putney Open Door Fund applicants. Please see the Putney Open Door Fund Application Form for full details. A complete application consists of:
- Completed 2018 Putney Open Door Fund Scholarship Application Form
- Completed 2018 Putney Agreement Form
- Applicant Statement (why you would like to join a summer program and what you feel you can contribute to it, 150–300 words)
- Two completed Teacher Reference Forms in sealed envelopes
- Copy of parents’ or guardians’ 2016 or 2017 federal tax returns
- Copy of student’s 2016 or 2017 federal tax returns (if applicable, see application form)
- Copy of student’s valid passport (if applicable, see application form)
- Optional Narrative: Tell us about any personal circumstances that may be important to your application.
Please submit completed applications to:
Putney Open Door Fund
345 Hickory Ridge Road
Putney, VT 05346
Until we have received all required forms and documents via mail, an application is incomplete. Only complete applications received by February 15, 2018 will be reviewed.
MEET SOME PUTNEY OPEN DOOR FUND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Nhi P., Cultural Exploration Writing in Ireland
I got to develop my writing ability and meet such amazing people as well. The environment of talented writers really helped me cultivate my own skill and gave me new insight on subjects. Now I believe I can expand my writing in terms of both the process and depth.
Rodrigo M., Community Service Costa Rica
I learned a lot more about Costa Rica than I would have learned in a book. In my Spanish class we learn about other cultures but we never experience what it is like to live there. After this amazing experience I have learned that the Costa Rican people have a positive outlook on life and say “Pura Vida!” no matter how hard their situation is. I am so grateful for this experience. This was one summer I will never forget!
Quynh T., Pre-College Paris
These two weeks were the best of my life. I traveled on my own, met new people, ate delicious food, learned lessons both in art and in human nature, visited famous landmarks, and did things I have dreamt of doing since I was a small girl.
Quynh traveling to Paris with Putney was the proudest achievement I have ever experienced as a low-income immigrant father.
Izak P., Pre-College at Amherst College
What Putney did for me was open my eyes to a new area of the country and help me step out of my comfort zone. I met people from all over the world. I learned to be more confident and open. Thank you for this great experience.
Kali D., Community Service Dominica
I learned so much about Dominica as a country; I learned about the Kalinago people, the island’s geographical and topographical makeup, and the country’s economic and social priorities. The highlights of my experience were the week-long summer camp and connecting to the community of Bense as a whole.
Victoria N., Community Service Costa Rica
Going into the program, I expected to meet new people, immerse myself into the culture, and help out as much as possible. My expectations were exceeded. I got the greatest sense of accomplishment from finishing the community service projects. I gained a sense of pride and hope to do similar work in the future.
Donate to the Putney Open Door Fund
The success of the Putney Open Door Fund depends on the generosity of its donors, most of whom are alumni or parents. One hundred percent of donations goes directly to funding future scholarship students. Your support is greatly appreciated!
If you are donating on behalf of New York Times Student Journeys, please write “New York Times” in the memo/special instructions section.
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