The Mission of the Scholarship Fund is to perpetuate Sara’s ideals by providing financial support for travel experiences for students who share Sara’s zest for life, love of adventure, and zeal to excel.

Sara’s Wish Foundation scholarships are awarded to extraordinary young women committed to making the world a better place by fully participating in it. We are proud to have offered financial assistance to more than 180 young women who exhibit qualities of leadership, service, and adventure. With our financial contributions, young women have defrayed the costs associated with traveling to all areas of the globe.  Ethiopia, Korea, the Philippines, Chile, Nepal, and South Africa are just a few examples. Our scholarship recipients perform a wide variety of remarkable public services in these distant lands, contributing to the welfare of our global village. Be sure to read more about them, as they truly offer inspiration and hope for our future. [Please note:  Only United States citizens may apply.  Traditional study abroad programs will NOT be funded. We typically do not fund projects under 5 weeks in length.]

The Scholarship Application Form is available on-line from October 1st to March 1st.

Scholarship Application Information


  • A commitment to public service
  • A strong record of scholarship
  • A history of leadership experience
  • A sincere interest in the work of Sara’s Wish Foundation
  • A willingness to join with Sara’s Wish Foundation in its ongoing efforts to improve safety awareness


Scholarships are granted yearly according to the timeline below.

October – January Preliminary Applications reviewed as they are submitted.
November – February Candidates selected from the preliminary applications are asked to submit resumes, essays, and two letters of recommendation.
December – March Finalists are interviewed by telephone or in person by members of the scholarship committee.
March All scholarship winners are announced by the end of March.