Key Club Scholarship Essay Questions

YFU offers over 200 full and partial merit-based scholarships and needs-based financial aid to students every year.

To be considered for scholarship awards, students must meet the eligibility requirements listed on the individual Scholarship Information pages below and demonstrate characteristics like flexibility, tolerance and open-mindedness. In addition to the standard application and fee (if required), students also need to submit essay responses, a host family introduction letter and teacher recommendations by the scholarship deadline. Students can apply for multiple scholarships and pay only one fee.

Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually. Students are encouraged to consider all of their scholarship options and apply to as many as they qualify for by the December 1 scholarship application deadline!

Key Club/Key Leader Scholarship

YFU Scholarship Information Sheet

At a Glance

Application Deadline

Program Length

December 1

- Summer

- Fall Semester

- School Year (summer departure)

Eligible Countries

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.
* Previous language study may be required.

Scholarship Amount

  • One $2,000 scholarship to be used towards the cost of program tuition in one of the countries listed above. Scholarship recipient is responsible for the remainder of the program tuition. (Please see individual country pages for program tuition information).


  • Scholarship is open to Key Club members and Key Leaders. Students must be official members of Key Club. 
  • Students must hold a 2.0 for summer programs and a 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale for year and semester programs. 
  • Applicant must be a US citizen. 
  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship are not eligible.

Age Requirements

  • Applicant's birth date must fall between September 1, 1997 and July 15, 2002. Please note that student must meet age requirements of chosen country.

Application Fee

  • $75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Complete Application Includes:

  • 1 Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for:

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • Personal spending money
  • Upon returning home, scholarship winners are expected to complete at least one presentation in their school or community to share their experiences, teach others about the culture in their host country, and encourage other students to participate in foreign exchange.
  • Tuition balance not covered by scholarship, due two weeks after award notification



  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.


Note: Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.


If applying for multiple scholarships, please indicate each scholarship's name and code on your application. All scholarship recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the scholarship selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.


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Below we have provided an example personal statement to assist you in writing your own. Please be sure to use your own words. You want to make a good impression and avoid plagiarizing this example.

When writing your personal statement (500 words or less) keep in mind that the scholarship review committee is using your statement to determine:

We strongly recommend that you find others to review your statement who will provide constructive feedback. Consider letting those who assist you know what we are looking for in the statement.

Please know that the example provided below is only an example. You need not write your statement using this type of organization, nor this type of tone.

Greetings!  My name is Sally Smart and I will be graduating from Anytown High School this June.  I am very excited about the Scientific Leadership Scholars Program and would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about myself and why I feel that I am a good candidate for this scholarship.

Since beginning high school I have been very involved in my campus community.  I have volunteered with the Key Club since a freshman, and this year was voted President!  My experience with the Key Club has helped me to develop leadership skills and has allowed me to provide valuable service to my community.  This past summer my fellow club members and I adopted a park and picked up garbage every weekend.  We took up the responsibility of caring for this park and ensuring that our community members had access to a safe and welcoming environment.  After the school year started and I was voted President, I organized the club members into teams of three, and each weekend the teams take turns continuing the upkeep of the park.  I have also been actively involved with the Math Club, an organization that has broadened my interest in mathematics, and where I have developed my skills as a peer tutor.  I have always enjoyed math and now have the tools to help my classmates succeed in this challenging subject.  Mr. Pythagoras, the Math Club advisor and my math instructor, and I have had many conversations about the career possibilities in the field of mathematics.  He helped me to develop a program where Math Club members work with elementary aged students to improve their math preparedness.  Our goals for this program are: 1) to improve performance in math; 2) to increase interest in math; and 3) to raise the awareness of the application of math in the real world.  This experience has helped me make the decision to major in Mathematics at Humboldt State University and then to pursue a career teaching Mathematics.

My participation in Key Club and the Math Club require a lot of time, but I have learned to balance my academics with my extra-curricular activities, and have been achieved a cumulative 3.15 G.P.A.  My academic success is very important to me, but it is also important to me to be an active and purposeful member of my community.  One of the aspects of the SLSP that I find so exciting is that the program provides support to its students to ensure their success, and also provides them with the opportunity to work alongside classmates, professors and community members to address a problem within the environment and apply knowledge from Math, Engineering and Computer Science to find a solution.   I feel that I am a strong candidate for the SLSP because of my academic potential and my commitment to my community.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sally Smart

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