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:

    1. Completed 2018 Putney Open Door Fund Scholarship Application Form
    2. Completed 2018 Putney Agreement Form
    3. Applicant Statement (why you would like to join a summer program and what you feel you can contribute to it, 150–300 words) 
    4. Two completed Teacher Reference Forms in sealed envelopes
    5. Copy of parents’ or guardians’ 2016 or 2017 federal tax returns
    6. Copy of student’s 2016 or 2017 federal tax returns (if applicable, see application form)
    7. Copy of student’s valid passport (if applicable, see application form)
    8. 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.




    Nhi P., Cultural Exploration Writing in Ireland

    Nhi, left, participates in a writing workshop with fellow student writers 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.

    Nhi P., Patrick Henry High School, Lemon Grove, CA


    Rodrigo M., Community Service Costa Rica

    Rodrigo, third from right, on the project site with Putney friends and local foremen


    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!

    — Rodrigo M., De La Salle Institute, Chicago, IL


    Quynh T., Pre-College Paris

    Quynh shows off her artwork at the Eiffel Tower


    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 T., The Preuss School UCSD, San Diego, CA

    Quynh traveling to Paris with Putney was the proudest achievement I have ever experienced as a low-income immigrant father.

    — Tien T., parent of Quynh T.


    Izak P., Pre-College at Amherst College

    Izak poses for a shot on the campus quad 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.

    Izak P., Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy, Los Angeles, CA


    Kali D., Community Service Dominica

    Kali with local friends in Bense, 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.

    — Kali D., New World School of Arts, Miami, FL


    Victoria N., Community Service Costa Rica

    Victoria, bottom left, with her Putney group in 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.

    — Victoria N., Trinity High School, Chicago, IL

    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.


    Support the Putney Open Door Fund by purchasing your very own Putney Student Travel hoodie.  All of Putney’s proceeds from hoodie sales go directly toward funding students. Click here to purchase your hoodie.

    Board of Directors

    John Ashley
    Attorney, New York, NY

    Jonathan Brand
    Attorney & College President,
    Mt. Vernon, IA

    Linda Coleman
    Interior Design Consultant,
    Chicago, IL

    Patrice Cromwell
    Philanthropic Advisor,
    Baltimore, MD

    Breck Eisner
    Filmmaker, Los Angeles, CA

    Bruce Feiler
    Author, Brooklyn, NY

    Abbey Gardner
    International Development
    Policy Advisor, New York, NY

    David Gruppo
    Attorney & Investment Banker,
    Larchmont, NY

    Christi Mays Hagemann
    Actor, Houston, TX

    Anne Little
    Attorney & Importer,
    Larchmont, NY

    Corey Modeste
    Financial Analyst, New York, NY

    Ellen Stein
    Doctor, Brattleboro, VT

    Vicki Waller
    Educator, Los Angeles, CA

    Eric Wilson
    Entrepreneur, New York, NY