DOI Scholarships for U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States

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U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Scholarships Available for 9th-11th Grade Students

For the past 32 years, Junior State of America (JSA) summer programs have served as a place where students from the U.S. Territories and the Freely Associated States build leadership skills, learn civil debate and strengthen their engagement through activism. Thanks to a generous grant from the Department of Interior (DOI), more than 2,300 students from the insular areas have received scholarships to experience JSA summer programs and gain the skills and knowledge to be active and engaged citizens.

The DOI scholarships cover tuition and travel and are awarded annually to students from the insular areas. Students in grades 9 - 11 attending a high school in the U.S. Territories or Freely Associated States are eligible for these scholarships. The DOI scholarships are available for the JSA summer programs listed below.

Important Dates

  • Scholarship application portal will open Dec. 1, 2023.
  • DOI Scholarship application deadlines is March 1, 2024.
  • Scholarship winners will be announced on March 15, 2024.
Summer ProgramLength of Program

DOI Scholarship Assistance

DOI Scholarship Deadline

Stern Civics Immersion Program3 Weeks in July28 Scholarships AvailableMarch 1, 2024
Civics Institute Micronesia1 Week in July10 Scholarships AvailableMarch 1, 2024

DOI Scholarship Eligibility

  1. Must be a high school student in grades 9 - 11

  2. Submit a completed JSA summer program application by the deadline

  3. Students must be accepted into the Stern Civics Immersion Program or Civics Institute Micronesia

  4. Be a citizen of a U.S. Territory or Freely Associated State (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

Students attending boarding schools will be considered for DOI Scholarships for their respective islands (i.e., Palauan students attending Xavier High School will be considered for the four DOI Scholarships allotted for students from Palau).

By completing the items above, students are automatically considered for a JSA DOI Scholarship. No additional information is required. DO NOT COMPLETE AND SUBMIT A GENERAL JSA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (BY DOING SO, STUDENTS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME INELIGIBLE FOR A DOI SCHOLARSHIP). Students are encouraged to apply early.

Have questions?

Contact Ed Banayat, Senior Program Officer at or at (650) 544-7334.


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    JSA Institute Participant, Saipan, CNMI
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