Smile Train’s College Scholarship Program is open to all US-based high school seniors born with a cleft. Interested students will fill out the application below and write short essays on their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and how being cleft-affected has impacted their lives. This opportunity is not available to current or former Smile Train staff members, Board of Directors members, or their immediate family and relatives. Every application and its essays will be evaluated and voted on by a committee, who will select the recipients of the four scholarships.
To be considered for one of four $5,000 scholarships, applicants must: Have been born with a cleft lip and/or palate; Be between the ages of 14 and 19; Provide proof of matriculation to a four-year full-time university, college, or vocational school located in the United States; Share evidence of academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and how being cleft-affected has impacted their life; and Be US citizens. Scholarships may be used for educational expenses only, including tuition, fees, course-related expenses, and room and board. All scholarship funds will be sent directly to the scholarship recipients’ university, college, or vocational school.