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 travel 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 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 because many applications are received, allocation is competitive. Most Putney Open Door Fund  scholarships support students on community service and pre-college enrichment programs worldwide.

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 16, 2015.  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 2015 Putney Student Travel Application Form

2. Completed 2015 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. If you would like, please tell us about any other personal circumstances you think might be important to your application.

8. Copy of student’s passport (see full application for details)

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 2014 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Niamani Williams-Coles, Community Service Ecuador

Niamani, right, poses with Putney friends in Las Tolas, Ecuador.

Niamani, right, poses with Putney friends in Las Tolas, Ecuador.

“One of the most positive aspects of the program was living in the project village.  I loved connecting with the people in the village. It was so much fun talking to the teenagers and playing soccer with all the children. This was the best summer of my life!”

-Niamani is a junior at Darien High School-

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Genesis Granados, Pre-College at Amherst College

Genesis, far right, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Genesis, far right, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

“This summer, I learned a lot academically, such as new ways to read and write short stories. I also learned to have more confidence in myself.  The Putney experience has opened my eyes to all of the amazing possibilities that the world has to offer. I wake up everyday with dreams to travel to Spain, France, and Greece, and I do hope one day to make these dreams a reality.”

-Genesis is a 10th grader at DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx, NY-

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Fatuma Mohamed, Pre-College at Amherst College

Fatumah, second from left, visits a farm in Amherst, MA.

Fatuma, second from left, visits a farm in Amherst, MA.

“The classes that I took at Pre-College Amherst have had a great deal of impact on what I would like to do post-high school.  They gave me a desire to use what I have learned to help other people later on in my life.  I also learned a lot about the importance of simply learning; learning for the love of learning and not about getting an ‘A’ in a particular class.”

- Fatuma is a senior at Excel High School in Boston, MA-

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Tywone Green, Community Service Costa Rica

Tywone, left, works with a Putney friend on the project site in San Jose de Rivas, Costa Rica.

Tywone, left, works with a Putney friend on the project site in San Jose de Rivas, Costa Rica.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity.  It has helped me develop more in mind and as a person.  I would do it all over again, and hope to be a leader of a Putney trip one day!”

- Tywone is a senior at Soulsville Charter School in Memphis, TN-

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Angela Pastor, Cultural Exploration Belize

Angela, in the foreground, with her group in Belize

Angela, in the foreground, with her group in Belize

“This summer in Belize, I learned so much about the wildlife and the ancient Mayans and I am now motivated to create a positive multi-generational change.  I will apply what I have learned to educate my family and others about endangered species like the black jaguar.”

- Angela is 10th grader at USC Hybrid High School in Los Angeles, CA -

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Arzell Rodgers, Community Service Costa Rica

Arzell, right, in Cerro Alegre, Costa Rica.

Arzell, right, in Cerro Alegre, Costa Rica.

“My Costa Rica experience has changed me dramatically inside and out.  It has made me a better person.  You may or may not see it, but I can feel it.”

-Arzell is a senior at Kingsbury High School in Memphis, TN-

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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 • Eric Wilson, Entrepreneur, Shanghai, China

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