Alumni Opportunities

HOBY EXCELeration Kit: Opportunities for Recent Alumni

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Listed below are numerous opportunities exclusively available to HOBY alumni in the areas of leadership and educational programs, scholarships and grants.

HOBY Global Experiences Program

HOBY has partnered with EF Tours to provide new alumni programs. These programs are developed exclusively for HOBY alumni and not only will take students to amazing locations, but will also integrate leadership activities and community service projects where available. For more information about this program, contact Cheryl Brenn at

Global Experiences Program

Leadership and Educational Opportunities


Student Mentorship Program

Want to gain skills and guidance for career success? The Student Mentorship Program, sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield, is for HOBY alumni looking to build career knowledge and learn from seasoned professionals. The program provides young leaders opportunities to expand their leadership skills, develop professional experience, learn how to navigate successful mentor/mentee relationships, and gain exposure to career paths. The year-long program will address topics such as career development, professional networking and work/life balance, combined with an introduction to the commercial real estate industry. Local monthly meetings with Cushman & Wakefield mentors will be supplemented with quarterly webinars by HOBY about leadership topics.

WHO CAN APPLY? The HOBY Mentorship program is limited to 10 participants in each location: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Eligible candidates have completed a HOBY Leadership Seminar or Advanced Leadership Academy and are enrolled in high school or college during the 2017-2018 school year.

WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE? TThe first meeting will take place in mid-September 2017. Subsequent local meetings at Cushman & Wakefield offices will take place the first Tuesday of each month from October 2017 through June 2018. Students will also participate in four webinars with HOBY leaders, scheduled for September 12, January 23, April 24 and June 12.

APPLY TODAY - Click Here to complete the program application. Priority deadline is July 15th.


The President Has an Assignment for You

Now through January 20, submissions are open for the second White House Student Film Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is The Impact of Giving Back. It’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. Tell a story about paying it forward, community service, or what making a difference looks like through your lens.

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Arizona State University

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TEAM HOBY is proud to have Arizona State University as a member and an “Official Sponsor of Youth Leaders.” With more than 250 academic programs, ASU offers a wide variety of courses to help students make their mark as compassionate and effective leaders. Visit their website at to learn more about how ASU can help you take your leadership skills to new heights.

Congressional Award

Alumni Opportunities

The Congressional Award is a public-private partnership created by Congress to provide a unique opportunity for young people ages 14-23 to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship. Established in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the Congressional Award Foundation does not receive any federal funding. All funds necessary to run the program come from the private sector. The Congressional Award is non-competitive and open to all young Americans regardless of mental or physical challenges, or socioeconomic status. It is the first and only award for youth legislated by the U. S. Congress. Through this award, the U.S. Congress looks to honor and encourage volunteer public service and recognize the unsung and important accomplishments of young Americans throughout the United States. Additional information can be found at or by contacting the National Office at 202-226-0130.

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Dakota State University

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Technically, we're better. Dakota State University offers a better college experience that is both challenging and fun. You'll learn from professors who are experts in their fields, and you'll thrive with a tech-infused learning environment, a state-of-the-art Tablet PC and ample inspiration. It's all part of a DSU education.

It's a better way to learn, and every major produces a tech-savvy graduate. DSU education graduates have a Technology Endorsement, business majors take programming and information system courses and so on. This technology advantage is why 94% of our grads find jobs, with 100% placement in some areas.

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National Organization for Youth Safety


The Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit is almost here! They are looking for Peer Mentors. Please pass this along If you know qualified youth who are leaders and play an active role in the prevention of distracted driving in their schools and communities.

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The Foundation for Teaching Economics

Week-long “Economics for Leaders” residential programs provide students who have just completed their junior year in high school with an exceptional opportunity to learn economics and leadership while engaging in games and simulations. Get a jump on your classmates in understanding economic principles and visit some of the most prestigious colleges in the country. These programs are fun!

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Intrax High School Exchange

Most students leave their respective HOBY program with new friends, lots of ideas and a strong desire to make a difference in the world. Through Intrax’s multiple High School Exchange  opportunities (many of which have scholarships or special HOBY discounts) HOBY alumni are able to further pursue their ambitions on a global level during their junior and senior year as a student Ambassador of the U.S. This is a golden opportunity to make more new friends, learn a new language, build self-confidence and develop cross-cultural insight. For more information, call 800-579-1709.

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Junior Optimist Octagon International

Octagon Clubs are for youth ages 14 to 18. These Clubs hone their leadership skills and teach them to identify needs in their local community, and plan projects and fundraisers to address those needs. For more information, e-mail:

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Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative

Each year, Oxfam's CHANGE Initiative uses leadership and advocacy training to teach a select group of US college students about the global fight against poverty, hunger, and injustice. Students then transform this knowledge into action on campus and in their communities.

CHANGE Leaders' commitment to making a difference often goes far beyond the one-year program. They've attended meetings of the WTO and the G8 leaders, spoken at the UN Youth Assembly, and founded two independent national student organizations-to name just a few accomplishments.

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State Farm Youth Advisory Board

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a group of 30 diverse youth who administer a unique grant program that empowers youth to take an active role in their education through service-learning. By administering service-learning grants ranging from $25,000 - $100,000, the board empowers youth to create sustainable change in local communities across the US and Canada. Applications to join this board are now being accepted.

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Make Learning More Meaningful This School Year With YSA's Classrooms With A Cause Curriculum

Add a cause students care about, and you can make learning about more than taking tests.

Classrooms with a Cause asks students to reflect on what they're learning in the classroom, and then challenges them to apply their knowledge to address a cause - an issue important to them and to their community. The free student and teacher guides are designed to supplement your existing lesson plans and are aligned with Common Core State Standards, incorporating 21st Century career and workforce readiness skills.

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Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award

Ronald Reagan Student Leaders exemplify, inside and outside the classroom, President Reagan's vision and destiny to lead and serve.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation offers high school administrators a way to recognize outstanding high school students whose leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship skills are emblematic of our nation's 40th President. School administrators who register their high school for the Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award program will receive a packet that includes:

  • Ronald Reagan Commemorative Coins, to be awarded to outstanding student leaders.
  • Certificates of Achievement
  • Opportunity to have student leaders recognized in our database of outstanding student leaders from across the country
  • A limited edition Ronald Reagan Poster for a classroom on campus
  • A template invite to an esteemed community member to present the awards. Click here for template

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Grandparents Gone Wired

Teach tech basics to older adults and improve their quality of life. 40% of seniors don't use the Internet. That can leave many feeling depressed or isolated from loved ones. So, teach an older adult the basics -- and wonders! -- of technology!

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Project Yellow Light

Project Yellow LightEnter to win a college scholarship by creating either a 25 or 55 second video convincing your friends to not drive distracted. Three prizes will be awarded for the top 3 high school and college finishers.

  • 1st place: $5000 PLUS your video will be turned into a PSA and distributed to over 1,600 TV stations nationwide.
  • 2nd place: $2,000
  • 3rd place: $1000

All high school juniors & senior as well as full time college students are eligible. Submit your video along with your contact information on or before April 1, 2016. We will not accept entries after that date. Don't wait until the last minute.

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Waldorf University’s Pillars Scholarship Program

Waldorf University’s Pillars Scholarship program is offering several scholarship opportunities exclusively to HOBY Alumni! The scholarships are for new residential students interested in living-and-learning environments and interested in valuable connections to faculty, internship experience, opportunities for research and/or service projects in one of the areas below.

Campus Ministry
Creative Writing – English
Digital Media – Communications
History-Political Science
Honors Leadership
Service-Learning – Rotaract
Women in Leadership

The scholarships, up to full tuition ($80,000+ over four years), are still available for the 2018-2019 academic year. Now is your time to apply!

The Pillars Scholarship will be awarded based upon leadership potential, academic record, and current involvement in leadership opportunities on and/or off the H.S. campus. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA and 18 ACT or 940 SAT. Since this is a residential scholarship, students must live on campus to receive the scholarship.  The scholarship is not able to be combined with fine arts or athletic scholarships at this time.  The scholarship is good for all four years with no need to re-apply, but students must meet the requirements for involvement in their given club/organization.

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HOBY Alumni receive priority, so mention it in your application essay!


Youth Service AmericaResearch has shown that classes and groups that use YSA's Semester of Service framework demonstrate increases in student engagement. As students see how math, science, language arts, and social studies can help them #LeadASAP (through Awareness, Service, Advocacy, and Philanthropy), they understand the relevance of their education. Through a Semester of Service, educators make the community their classroom, and the world's challenges their curriculum. Students build and practice 21st Century Skills while making their communities healthier, greener, smarter, fairer, cleaner, and safer.

The free Semester of Service online course will help educators use the tools and handouts available in the Semester of Service Teacher Toolkit to guide students through activities designed to challenge students to think critically about global issues, generate creative solutions, collaborate as they put their ideas into action, and communicate to recruit others and share their results. Semester of Service complements your existing curriculum, creating opportunities for authentic learning and practical application of the knowledge and skills taught in your classroom or after-school program to make real-world impacts.

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Grants, Contests, and Other Opportunities


Clark Youth Incentive Program

The Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program was established with the objective of providing support for the development of Amateur Radio among high-school age youth. Groups that qualify for mini-grants will include, but not be limited to, high school radio clubs, youth groups, and general-interest radio clubs that sponsor subgroups of young people or otherwise make a special effort to get them involved in club activities. Mini-grants, not to exceed $1000 per grant, will be made for such projects as securing equipment for antennas for club stations, purchasing training materials, supporting local service projects that bring favorable public exposure, and similar activities.

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces the launch of its College Scholarship, one of the most generous higher education awards in the country. Designed to help highly capable students with financial need succeed at some of the most selective colleges in the country, those chosen will receive support from an educational advisor and up to $30,000 per year for four years to cover educational expenses.

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Youth Service America

YSA and Sodexo Foundation are offering Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants, funding of up to $500 for youth to lead projects focused on ending childhood hunger. Youth, ages 5-25, are encouraged to browse sample project ideas, download helpful resources, and access the online application

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searches annually for young people making a difference through volunteer service. Youth volunteers will be honored at the local, state and national level. Schools and participating organizations will select Local Honorees and certify their applications for state-level judging. Students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past 12 months are invited to complete an online application.

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Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

The State Department sponsors an innovative global travel program for young people who use education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college students who have not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. Through 4 to 6 weeks of travel anywhere in the world, you can have the opportunity to interact with individuals from other nations while promoting the goals of UNESCO!

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GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study, and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

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The White House Internship Program (WHIP)

The White House Internship Program (WHIP) application portal is now live for the Summer 2018 term which will run from May 30 - August 10, 2018. Applications are due 1/12/18 and applicants must be 18 years old as of the internship start date. For more information and to complete an application.

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Scholarship Opportunities 

Florida State University

Florida State University is pleased to present the application for the Service Scholar Program for the 2012- 2013 academic year. The Service Scholar Program recognizes select incoming students with an outstanding record of community service and leadership, and who want to continue that commitment at FSU. The Program benefits include a scholarship valued at $2,400 per year for up to four years, exposure to a diverse group of individuals and social issues, an academic component, and support by an assigned faculty mentor.

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Los Angeles World Affairs Council

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council awards a $2,500 scholarship to a graduating high school student from a public, Los Angeles County high school who is embarking on a higher-learning degree with an international emphasis. The scholarship is renewable for up to five years.

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Marietta College - Ohio

All students accepted to Marietta College who are also HOBY Ambassadors will be invited to compete in the Marietta College Pioneer Scholarship competition. All HOBY Ambassadors will receive a baseline Dean's Scholarship valued at $10,000 and will have the opportunity to increase the value of the scholarship up to full tuition per year to attend Marietta College.

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Millersville University of Pennsylvania

A $1,000 scholarship is available for applicants who rank in top tenth of class, have minimum combined SAT I score of 1170, and provide documentation of being a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference participant.

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The Morehead-Cain

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The Morehead-Cain is a unique, life-changing educational opportunity that begins with a four-year merit scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to covering the full cost of attending UNC, it provides four summers of global travel and experiential learning, a Discovery Fund for educational opportunities during the academic year, personal mentoring by experienced staff advisors and accomplished Morehead-Cain Alumni, and a remarkable group of motivated Morehead-Cain Scholar peers.

Only students who attended the World Leadership Congress (WLC) are eligible to be nominated for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship. For more information, including selection criteria and the selection process timeline, please visit


Mount St. Mary's University

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All students accepted to Mount St. Mary’s University who are HOBY Ambassadors will receive a base Dean’s Scholarship valued at $18,000 (2015).

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National Security Language Initiative for Youth

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible U.S. high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Programs are available for Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

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Robertson Scholars

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The Robertson Scholars Program is a leadership development merit scholarship program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program brings together outstanding young individuals from around the world who demonstrate exceptional leadership, strength of character, high academic potential, generosity of spirit, and the energy necessary to accomplish great things. With unparalleled access to two renowned universities, a series of unique summer enrichment experiences, and individualized mentoring and coaching from a dedicated program staff, Robertson Scholars benefit from numerous opportunities that enable them to fully realize their leadership potential.

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Texas Christian University

The $1,000 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Scholarship is available to full-time entering freshmen at Texas Christian University. You must have participated in the HOBY Leadership Program, and demonstrated a record of leadership and community service to be eligible for this award.

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Make the World Your Home with Youth For Understanding!

Do you want to make a difference in today's multicultural, interconnected world? HOBY has already identified you as a promising young leader, and Youth For Understanding (YFU) USA would like to offer you the opportunity to continue developing your skills and talents on a YFU international exchange program. YFU is pleased to announce a $500 tuition discount for any HOBY alum who applies and is selected for a YFU study abroad program leaving in 2018!  Visit the YFU website to see program options and details and begin your application today:  The application deadline is March 15, but apply early, as some programs fill up fast.

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