Scholarship Opportunities

We know that money can sometimes be an obstacle when trying to do programs like VISION. We do our very best to keep the cost of trips as low as possible and with the help of VISION’s amazing donors we have several scholarships available for the trips this coming January. Click the links below for more information on each of the scholarships and to access the respective applications. Scroll further down for project ideas and FAQs.

Note: Due to high demand, you can only apply for one scholarship for J-term trips.

VISION Scholarships

Scholarship Name & Application Average Amount Awarded Number Awarded

‌Michael Patrick Keefe Memorial Scholarship

$350 - $500


Loftus Family Scholarship‌

$350 - $500


Jay Phillips Foundation Scholarship‌



Litteau Family Scholarship‌

$350 - $500


Project Ideas

Most scholarships require the completion of a project related to your VISION experience. The Keefe and Litteau scholarships require a proposal to be submitted with the application. Even before you know which trip you're going on, it's never too early to think about what your project might look like. Below are a few examples of projects that have been done in the past, but don't let these limit you! The more creative the project, the better!

Past recipients have:

  • Promoted and educated about fair trade coffee alternatives on campus.
  • Shared with Frisbee teammates about Venezuela and raised money to send Frisbees to kids in the neighborhood surrounding the parish.
  • Presented border experience to UST Spanish club and facilitated a trip to local theater to a play about immigration issues.
  • Developed a lesson plan for high-school Spanish language classes about Venezuelan culture and social justice issues.
  • Created a bulletin board display in residence hall about Native American culture, spirituality and justice issues. Highlighted Native Americans in “Around the World” event for Dowling Hall.
  • Wrote article for student publication on impact of “No Child Left Behind” legislation on reservation schools.
  • Hosted a potluck gathering for friends and shared about urban experiences in Chicago
  • Spoke at student-run ministry club (SHINE) about time in Belfast and its impact on her faith.


Access the application by clicking the links above. Note: Due to high demand, you can only apply for one scholarship for J-term trips.

Complete your scholarship application using the links above. Be sure to name all supporting documents with your name and the name of the scholarship.

You will find out if you were awarded a scholarship at the same time you find out what trip you were placed on. We send this information in an email and will let you know at that time what next steps are.

When you go on a VISION trip you are charged for the entire cost of the trip. Scholarships are credited to your student account after the trip. You must first complete both your thank-you letter to the donors and, if applicable to the scholarship, the project that you proposed in your application.