Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

There are many funding sources available to long-term, international volunteers. Below are several third-party organizations offering scholarships for volunteers. Every scholarship and grant has specific guidelines, so read carefully to find the best fit. Manna Project International is not affiliated with any of these organizations, and applications must be completed independently by the applicant.

All People Be Happy: The AllPeopleBeHappy Volunteer Service Award enables impassioned young people to give of their time and talents while expanding their understanding of people and communities living in poverty. Several MPI Program Directors have been awarded scholarships each year!

Christianson Grant: The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs.

DoSomething: DoSomething puts money directly into the hands of young people through community action grants to help turn dream projects into a reality and take existing projects to the next level.

Go Overseas: Two scholarships available for volunteers to travel abroad in the spring and fall each year. The award is (most often) distributed directly to the volunteer organization itself, which ensures that the funds are used entirely for the project.

Krista Foundation: Recipients join an ecumenical Christian mentoring community and receive a $1000 Service and Leadership Development Grant. Funds must be used to explore vocational interests and develop leadership and service skills while on assignment or shortly thereafter.

LIVFund: Candidates coming to Latin America with an organized program, designing their own program or still waiting to be accepted to an abroad program are all eligible to apply. 

Sarah's Wish Scholarship Fund: $1,500 - $2,000 scholarships awarded to young American women who exhibit qualities of leadership, service, and adventure. Formed to honor the memory of college student Sara Christie Schewe, the scholarship defrays the costs associated with traveling to all areas of the globe. Applications are available online October 1 through March 1. 

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award: Provides a stipend of $10,000 - $15,000 for a graduating college senior to volunteer for one year, either alone or with an established organization anywhere in the world.

Volunteer Forever: Participants in volunteer abroad, study abroad, intern abroad, teach abroad, and work abroad programs are invited to apply. Scholarship winners directly receive the proceeds and may use their scholarship for their program fee, airfare, travel insurance, or other trip expenses.