Scholarships

We recognize excellence and ambition.

Cultural Vistas is committed to enhancing careers and supporting tomorrow's global leaders. Our scholarship funds play a vital role in developing diverse and globally competent young American professionals and future leaders.

Since our scholarship funds were established in 1998, over $1 million has been raised for the financial support of American participants in our exchange programs abroad, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of alumni and their familes, board members, friends, and partners.

Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund
The Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund is an important source of financial aid for young Americans participating in unpaid internships abroad. The scholarship stipends help offset the costs of living abroad and often fund international travel, rent, or language courses that would otherwise not be possible.

Through our internship abroad programs, supported by the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund, we are meeting a growing demand for individuals who possess the skills necessary for success in a globally oriented society. 

In 2013, 37 American citizens and permanent residents of the United States received scholarships totaling more than $49,500 to support low or unpaid internships overseas. Additionally, Cultural Vistas awarded 17 stipends to individuals to participate in language courses while abroad.

Since 2011, our nonprofit has provided more than 100 individuals with nearly $125,000 in scholarship support. Moreover, since 2000, more than 350 cash scholarships have been awarded to Americans seeking to advance their careers overseas, while more than 60 individuals have received free language courses.

Jessica King Scholarship Fund
In January 2002, Cultural Vistas (then known as AIPT) and the King family announced the creation of the Jessica King Scholarship Fund. This is a tribute to an outstanding young woman whose life was prematurely cut short in an airplane crash in Milan, Italy, on October 8, 2001. The King family created the fund to honor Jessica's spirit and inspire other young hospitality students and professionals. It is their hope that the scholarship will enable talented, driven, and adventurous young Americans to have a life-changing international experience and succeed in the international hospitality field.

Scholarships are awarded annually to assist recipients with travel and other related program costs. Read more about Jessica King.

To make a donation to the Jessica King Scholarship Fund or Cultural Vistas, please visit our donation page.