Here’s a challenge we think about constantly:


Here’s a challenge we think about constantly:

There are smart, capable, and dedicated international leaders working tirelessly for their communities all around the world. How can we give them the boost they need to take their efforts to the next level?

Earlier this year, we announced the Obama Foundation Scholars program to help answer that question. The inaugural class of 37 Scholars—a diverse group of emerging leaders studying what it takes to make positive change on a global scale—is halfway through their journey, and we can’t wait to see what their future holds.

And today we have some news: Applications for the 2019-2020 Obama Foundation Scholars program are now open.

It's an incredible opportunity to constantly be in a room full of people who are both dreamers and doers - Patricia Alyanna Esquivias, 2018 Obama Foundation Scholar

The Scholars spend a year developing their expertise through a newly-designed graduate level curriculum that brings together academic, skills-based, and hands-on learning at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, combined with leadership development training led by the Obama Foundation.

With these emerging leaders together in one place, they also can build lasting relationships—the start of a global network that can tackle the most pressing challenges of our time.

Do you know an international young leader who is bringing about real change in their community—but could turn one academic year into a life-changing way to scale their work?

If you have someone in mind, or think you would be a good fit yourself, then please don’t hesitate. You can learn more about the Obama Foundation Scholars program right here:

Emily Cushman
The Obama Foundation Scholars Program

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