The AIFS Foundation is pleased to work in cooperation with many organizations to support our mission of providing educational and cultural exchange opportunities to foster greater understanding around the world.
AIFS Foundation scholarships give disadvantaged students the opportunity to have the life-changing experience of interacting with new cultures and expanding their view of the world. These experiences create future leaders, diplomats and educators. Join us on our mission to bring the world together.
The AIFS Foundation partners with organizations to provide support to high school students in their pursuit of educational and cultural exchange.
The AIFS Foundation also sponsors a scholarship for a high school student from Germany to travel and study in the U.S. This scholarship is named in honor of Sir Cyril Taylor, the Founder and a Trustee of the AIFS Foundation. Sir Cyril Taylor has dedicated a career spanning more than 50 years to the field of international education and continues to inspire others regarding the vital importance of international education in the world today.
The AIFS Foundation annually awards grants to assist high schools across the U.S. to develop programs that increase international understanding. These grants are awarded to schools that illustrate a commitment to international exchange by hosting international students and developing projects, programs and events that teach students about global awareness.
These grants are awarded in memory of Tony Cook. For almost 30 years, Tony Cook served his country as a career officer in the United States Information Agency. He was a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown Law School. After retiring from the U.S. Department of State, he became the Executive Director of the AIFS Foundation and served for many years. Mr. Cook’s dedication to the ideals of fostering international understanding led to the establishment of the Tony Cook Memorial Grant.
The Tony Cook Memorial Grant provides each selected high school with a $1,000 grant. All Academic Year in America participating schools are invited to submit a proposal outlining a program or project to promote international education and global awareness. Winning proposals have included the purchase of foreign language DVDs, sponsorship of a cultural event during International Education Week, local field trips for international students and the acquisition of a projector for exchange student presentations.
Through this program the AIFS Foundation hopes to demonstrate its dedication to the highest ideals of international education and to support and encourage the growth of international education in local high schools across the U.S.
In partnership with IIE, the AIFS Foundation supports the Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of students who study abroad by the year 2020. The AIFS Foundation and IIE provided $50,000 in grants to teachers who are promoting study abroad in their classrooms.
The AIFS Foundation Board of Trustees supports and values our mission. They sponsor a scholarship for a deserving student or group of students to travel and study abroad in order to gain valuable international experience and to help foster greater understanding among people of the world.
The Trustees Scholarship has been awarded twice to the College Bound program, which enabled groups of students from Washington, D.C. to travel abroad with the goal of inspiring students to complete high school and continue on to earn a college degree.
The AIFS Foundation recently partnered with the Forum on Education Abroad to sponsor a Special Collection of information about the history, impact and trends in study abroad which will be housed at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
AIFS Foundation scholarships give disadvantaged students the opportunity to have the life-changing experience of interacting with new cultures and expanding their view of the world.
These experiences create future leaders, diplomats and
educators. Join us on our mission to bring the world together.
Academic Year in America, a program of the AIFS Foundation, brings international high school students ages 15–18 to the U.S. to live with carefully screened and selected American host families for a semester or academic year. These young ambassadors attend local high schools and participate in their host families’ social and community lives.