Intercultural learning has life-changing benefits for a young person, and contributes to the growth of schools and the world. Studies show that students who study abroad
• achieve higher levels of education and foreign language proficiency
• are better able to communicate with others and to think critically
• have a better understanding of their home country and culture
• are more confident, adaptable and resilient
We believe the opportunity for study abroad should be open to all.
Faces of America scholarships from AFS-USA in New York offer half-tuition grants for study abroad to high-achieving, low-income high school students of color, and other under-represented groups -- if organizations in their local community will provide the other half grant.
Cities around the US have participated in the Faces of America program for several years but, until recently, St. Louis has not.
The Quest Scholarship Fund provides matching grants and one-on-one mentoring to help highly qualified St. Louis area students have the opportunity to study abroad.
The St. Louis-based Quest Scholarship Fund began in 2017 and sent its first student abroad in the summer of 2017. Six students from St. Louis and Metro East high schools journeyed to Ghana, Costa Rica, Finland and Italy in the summer of 2018. In 2019, nine students studied abroad in Argentina, Ghana, Italy, Costa Rica, and Japan.
Sadly, COVID-19 interrupted travel plans of all students in 2020 and 2021.
International exchange programs resumed in 2022 and eighteen students participated in summer programs in Argentina, Denmark, France, Spain, and Kenya.
The Quest Scholarship Fund is a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation, a Missouri non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation.
In this complex time, it is vital that people around the world learn to know each other as individuals and as friends.