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2020 high school graduates worldwide


Sept 8 - Dec 18, 2020


Sliding Scale from $500 - $7,500

Application Deadline:

August 11

If the $500 deposit is prohibitive you can request to be considered for a Shawn Mendes Foundation Scholarship with demonstrated need.

Your Education
On Purpose

Rutendo Magade, Global Citizen Year '19, Earlham College

Join a cohort of determined and hopeful young leaders from around the world and grow together into changemakers who will help address our shared global challenges.


Join a global network of young changemakers

Global Citizen Academy is for 2020 high school graduates worldwide who don’t want to sit this year out. For the impatient optimists who are ready to get in the arena, this is your opportunity to level up with a diverse, international cohort of young leaders like you.

Through Global Citizen Academy you’ll learn to:

  • Know yourself: Develop skills that unlock self-awareness, well-being and a sense of purpose.
  • Understand the world: Analyze local issues and connect them to our global context.
  • Drive impact: Collaborate with peers from around the world to align your values and actions with meaningful impact

The Scholarship

We are offering the chance for (1) one lucky student to attend our inaugural class of The Global Citizen Academy at no cost!

Who is eligible?

Graduates from the class of 2020 and 2019 who have not started college yet. The same group that is eligible to participate in the Global Citizen Academy program.

How do I apply?

Students should follow the steps below to be considered for the scholarship.

  • Fill out the information request at the bottom of this page to indicate you are interested.
  • When you start your application, mention in your application video submission why you think you should be chosen for the scholarship.
  • If you have already started your application the video mention is all that is necessary.

Where can I learn more about Global Citizen Academy?

Visit the Experience page for Global Citizen Aacdemy course descriptions and a sample schedule!

Winner selection:

The scholarship winner will be announced no later than August 15th 2020.


Learn powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact

Dig into the big questions and develop key skills you can’t learn in a traditional classroom alone. You’ll explore topics from effective communication and systems thinking, to mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and ethical decision-making. Joining us in the design and delivery of this experience is Minerva Project, a fellow pioneer in educational transformation. Together we are offering a dynamic curriculum that responds to this historic moment and integrates powerful skill sets and mindsets with a proven approach to leadership training.

Get inspired by today’s most impactful leaders

Join workshops taught by some of today’s most innovative leaders and learn from their insight and expertise.

Connect on the world’s most advanced learning platform

Engage in dynamic courses on Minerva’s cutting edge ForumTM learning platform, an immersive virtual environment that allows you to participate fully and establish meaningful relationships with both instructors and peers.

Strike the ideal balance of structure and independence

If selected for Global Citizen Academy, plan to dedicate 10-15 hours per week to your courses and projects. By design, this allows room for independent exploration of issues and projects you're passionate about or for earning income. Whether you dedicate time to working, voter registration, the climate crisis, or COVID-19 response, our trained coaches will provide mentorship and support to help you meet your goals.

Selective admissions & sliding-scale tuition

A selective admissions process will identify highly motivated students from around the world with a strong commitment to self-reflection, learning, and collaboration. We are pleased to offer sliding scale tuition for Global Citizen Academy ranging from $500 (deposit only) to $7,500 (full tuition). We are committed to making this experience available to the highest potential young leaders we can find, independent of their family’s financial circumstance.

Global Citizen Year x Minerva

Global Citizen Year and Minerva, two pioneers in global education, have teamed up to offer a truly innovative learning experience. Our combined expertise in academic and experiential learning bring leadership training to a new level with the Global Citizen Academy.