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All Other Awards

In addition to the First Trip Scholarship students may also qualify for specialized funding awards in the form of passport vouchers and named/supplemental scholarships.

Passport Voucher


Passport vouchers are available for a select number of individuals with demonstrated financial need who are students at our partnered institutions. Students selected for this award must first attend a passport workshop (virtual) to prepare them for completing the DS-11 passport application form.

Passport vouchers are issued to students in the form of a prepaid money order made out to the United States Department of State and must be included as part of the application packet. The voucher covers the standard $130.00 Passport Book fee. 

Students must indicate their need for the voucher in their First Trip  scholarship application. 


Please note: The voucher does not cover processing fees, including rush and expediting costs.

Supplemental Awards

Supplemental awards are available to recipients of the First Trip Scholarship and may be "stacked" based upon the student's eligibility for additional funding. There are no separate applications for additional funding. First Trip Scholarship recipients are automatically considered for supplemental awards. Students selected for these awards will be notified accordingly.

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President's Award $200-$300

This competitive grant is sponsored by First Trip President, Dex Burns, and is allocated three times per year. Students selected for the President's Award will be exceptional scholars of political/cultural inquiry and pursuing educational activity in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Edgar and Katie Vizcaíno award for Mexican Heritage and Culture $250

This named award is allocated annually to a dynamic student traveling to Mexico to explore the country's rich diversity of languages, pre-Columbian history, and modern societies.

Lewis Scholarship $250

The Lewis scholarship is sponsored by First Trip Chairwoman, Peggy Lewis and is allocated once a year for an exceptional First Trip scholar majoring in Communications, Journalism, or Foreign Language Studies.

First Trip Community College Scholars $250-$500

Community college scholars are First Trip scholarship awardees who currently attend eligible community/junior colleges. Award amounts are determined by the applicant's study abroad destination and the program's duration. The award is granted at up to ten times each year.

Roger Grant Memorial Fund $200

This award is sponsored by the friends of the late Roger Grant of Rockville, Maryland; a true global citizen, world traveler, and proud US Navy veteran. It is awarded up to three times per year to exceptional students attending HBCUs in the Greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  

Reef-McCoy Memorial Award for Africa travel $500

This named award is awarded once a year to a student traveling to a country located in sub-Saharan Africa for humanitarian work/study. Awardees may be of any academic major.


India Scholars Award $500

This award is granted to one student per year pursuing scholarly activity in South Asia. 

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