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Two application deadlines per year—November 30th and February 28th. 
FALL APPLICATION — DEADLINE 11/30/20 — Check back Fall 2020 for application link

The Geiger Scholarship supports students from Maine’s year-round, unbridged islands who are eager to expand their educational horizons through off-island enrichment and travel experiences. The focus is on providing this opportunity to students who will grow individually through participation in off-island enrichment experiences. This scholarship is intended to serve students who may not otherwise be able to have these experiences. Preference is given for students pursuing programs independently, rather than participating in a pre-planned class trip. 

Students are eligible for one Geiger Scholarship award during middle school, one during high school, one during college, and one as a gap year. Scholarships support the following groups of students:

  • Middle school students attending off-island enrichment or travel programs, including summer camp
  • High school students attending a semester enrichment program (such as a semester school) or attending an off-island summer camp, travel, or enrichment program
  • College Students participating in a semester or summer study abroad program
  • Students enrolled in a gap year program between high school and post-secondary education

Scholarships will be awarded for up to $10,000 for semester programs and up to $5,000 for summer programs. Students must enroll directly in a program to be eligible for the Geiger Scholarship, as this scholarship must be paid directly towards tuition costs/program fees. This scholarship cannot be used as a program deposit or to cover travel expenses.

Eligibility and application guidelines

Further details, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines, are available in the scholarship information sheet:  Scholarship Overview 

Yale Young Global Scholars Program

Due to the generosity of a donor, we are able to fully fund (tuition and program deposit) for one student to attend the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. Students wishing to attend the program will need to apply to and be accepted directly into their program. Receiving the Geiger Scholarship to attend the Yale Young Global Scholars Program will provide full funding (above the standard $5,000 cap) for you to attend this program, but does not guarantee your acceptance into the program. If more than one student is accepted to the Yale Young Global Scholars Program in any application round, the full scholarship will be given to the highest scoring application. The other applicants will automatically qualify for the traditional Geiger scholarship.

Additional resources

Geiger Program Listings

Summer Camps

High School Semester Programs

Gap Year Programs

High School Summer Abroad

More International Programs

Geiger Program Map

Since 2013, Geiger Scholars have participated in the following programs:


CIEE Semester in Australia 


People to People Europe
Oxbridge in Barcelona
The Traveling School
Berklee College of Music


Hidden Valley Camp
The Putney School France Trimester
Oxbridge in Paris
Bold Earth - Bold Europe
Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology
Australia Study Exchange Program at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton, through Endicott College
Italy Travel Course - Anatomy in Italy - through the Global Education Program at UNE
University of Westminster (through Wagner College)
Hidden Valley Camp (Brumby Program)
Moose River Outpost
Surf Camp


Viterbo Intensive through Montserrat College of Art
International Volunteer Head Quarters - Guatemala
AFS-USA Study Year Abroad Costa Rica
UMaine Women's Hockey Camp
Bold Earth - Bold Europe
Maine Mathematics and Science Summer Camp
Gaelic College Summer Program
Coastal Studies for Girls


The Alzar School
Rancho Mastatal (permaculture and building)
Belize: The Initiative for Children at Global Leadership Adventures
Flying Cloud Program at Farm & Wilderness
Spain's "Regional Culture" program with the Experiment in International Living 
Gould Academy Veterinary Science Camp
Pine Tree 2 Boys Basketball Camp at Colby College
CIEE Summer Community Public Health, Gaborone, Botswana
Japan-America Student Conference 2017
Direct Exchange to the University of Santiago de Compostela
Young Filmmakers with Jamie Companeschi at Maine Media Workshops
CITYterm at the Masters School
Future Leaders Camp at Norwich University
Maine School of Science and Mathematics Summer Camp


Apogee Adventures - Pyrenees Mountains & Coast
CIEE - Environmental Awareness - Khon Kaen, Thailand
Community Service Trip to Nepal, Putney Student Travel
Boston Leadership Institute - Forensics
Maine Teen Camp
Apogee Adventures - Rocky Mountain National Park
Griffith Unviersity
Bates Short-Term: Shetland Islands: Archaeology, History and Environment
IFSA-Butler University of Auckland
USAC Viterbo
Pod Volunteer (Elephant Care and Teaching English on an Island)
Harvard Pre-College Program
NYLF Envision Intensive Law and Trial
Maine College of Art 2018 Pre-College Program
Maine Media Workshops: Young Filmakers Program
Sea Turtle Camp
Maine Arts Camp
Pine Tree Basketball Camp
Maine School of Science and Mathematics: Overnight Girls week one


NYC Summer Academy with the School of the New York Times
Sail Caribbean
Modeling Camp Los Angeles
SOCAPA Mountain Camp
Chewonki Allagash Trip for Girls
Middlebury German Language School
Maine Maritime Academy TSSOM Training Cruise
Washington County Community College Welding Course
Islands Through Time at College of the Atlantic
National Youth Leadership Forum Medicine
Hoop Haven Girls Basketball Camp at Colby College
Apogee Adventures California Mountains and Coast
Maine School of Science and Math Summer Camp
Tilton School Summer Institute
Sea Turtle Camp Marine Biology Immersion
Pine Tree 2 Boys Basketball Camp at Colby
Space Academy
Red Claws Basketball Camp
University of Maine at Orono baseball camp
Yale Young Global Scholars


Please contact us at scholarships@islandinstitute.org with any questions.


For more information on all of the Island Institute's scholarship and transition support, visit www.islandinstitute.org/program/education/scholarships.