Scholarship Opportunities

Learn more 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. Participation by diverse students improves group dynamics and learning opportunities for all involved. 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 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!

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 we receive many applications for tuition assistance, so allocation is competitive.

Support the Putney Open Door Fund by purchasing your very own Putney Student Travel T-shirt. All of Putney’s proceeds from T-shirt sales go directly toward funding students.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

To consider an applicant for a scholarship award, the Putney Open Door Fund must receive via mail completed scholarship applications no later than February 14, 2014.  Applications received via email or fax will not be considered.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  A complete application consists of:

1. Completed 2014 Putney Student Travel Application Form

2. Completed 2014 Putney Open Door Fund Supplemental Application Form

3. Applicant Statement (described in the Putney Student Travel Application Form)

4. Two completed Teacher Reference Forms (include with application materials, in sealed envelopes)

5. Copy of parents’ or guardians’ most recent federal tax returns

6. Copy of student’s most recent federal tax returns (if applicable)

7. Narrative outlining parents’ or guardians’ financial obligations and the amount of aid requested

8. Copy of student’s passport (if applicable)

The $700 Application Deposit is waived for PODF applicants.

Submit completed application materials to:
PODF c/o Putney Student Travel
345 Hickory Ridge Road
Putney, VT 05346

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MEET SOME SUMMER 2013 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Guadalupe Echeagaray, Community Service Peru

Guadalupe, center, works with Putney friends on the project site

Guadalupe, center, works with Putney friends on the project site

“I hold my memories of Peru as a constant reminder that I will work hard to become who I want to be and to give back to those who were not given my same opportunities.”

- Guadalupe is now a first-year student at UC Irvine-

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Alicia Martinez, Community Service Tanzania

Alicia, with a Maasai elder

Alicia, with a Maasai elder

“The most positive aspects of the experience were seeing the progress made at our work site in the last day of work. It was truly incredible and fulfilling to walk up to the school and see a new classroom, painted walls, murals, new gardens. It looked so beautiful to me and I won’t forget it.”

-Alicia is a senior at De la Salle Institue in Chicago-

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Austin Lukondi, Language Learning Argentina

Austin, far right, created a mural with three Argentine friends

Austin, far right, created a mural with three Argentine friends

“I gained confidence in my ability to speak and understand Spanish. I learned to tell my brain to “chill out”, take a breath, listen carefully, and repeat. As someone going into college this fall, I feel like I will encounter similar situations in class. I guess I really learned to be less of stressful learner.”

-Austin is a graduate of Sangre de Cristo High School and is attending college this fall

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Francesca Chaney, Global Awareness in Action South Africa

Francesca, far right, with her group in South Africa

Francesca, far right, with her group in South Africa

“I learned the importance of cross cultural experiences and connecting with youth around the world.”

- Francesca is a first-year student at SUNY Purchase College -

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Jeremy McNeal, Community Service Rwanda

Jeremy, back row, fifth from right, with his group in Rwanda

Jeremy, back row, fifth from right, with his group in Rwanda

“Until now, I was unaware of my roots to Africa. But here I saw the onslaught of what discrimination REALLY does, up close and personal. It made me look deep into myself and ask, “who am I really?”. America is my country, Africa is my home.”

- Jeremy is a graduate of East High School in Memphis, Tennessee -

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Misael Soto, Community Service Tanzania

Misael, front row second from right, with his group in Tanzania

Misael, front row second from right, with his group in Tanzania

“I gained the greatest sense of accomplishment when I saw all the work we put into our worksite at the school– new paint jobs, a garden, and new classrooms. I gained such a sense of pride in doing good work. I had lost that these last few years, but seeing all of our hard work brought it back to me.”

-Misael is a senior at De la Salle Institue in Chicago-

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Sandy Ahumada, Foundations Spain

Sandy overcame her fear of water and took a surf lesson in Cadiz, Spain.

Sandy overcame her fear of water and took a surf lesson in Cadiz, Spain.

“Putney affected the way I look at life because it taught me I don’t have to be afraid to try new things.”

-Sandy is a 9th grader at KIPP LA Prep in Los Angeles

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Ashley, Attorney, New York, NY • Jonathan Brand, Attorney and College President, Mt. Vernon, IA • Meg Chute, Educator, Cambridge, MA • Linda Coleman, Interior Design Consultant, Chicago, IL • Breck Eisner, Filmmaker, Los Angeles, CA• Abbey Gardner, International Development Policy Advisor, New York, NY • David Gruppo, Attorney and Investment Banker, Larchmont, NY • Tom Hagemann, Attorney, Houston, TX • Anne Little, Attorney and Importer, Larchmont, NY • Corey Modeste, Financial Analyst, New York, NY Vicki Waller, Educator, Los Angeles, CA

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