Application Information

Any member of Third Culture Kids International, having served overseas a minimum of four years is eligible to apply for the various TCKI scholarships. Only one application is necessary. You may reapply annually with the same or new essay. Once applied for, each TCK will be considered for every scholarship available through TCKI. Each TCK is eligible to receive a maximum of ONE scholarship from TCKI.

  1. Fill out a TCK application form, available through TCKI. All applications need to be received prior to May 1st.
  2. Write an essay of no more than five (5) pages on the topic “How growing up as a TCK influenced my career choice” and email it to the TCKI office.
  3. The Program Manager will send the essays to the members of the TCKI Advisory Committee. The identities of the TCK applicants will be withheld from committee members.
  4. The members of the Advisory Committee will receive each of the required essays and will rate the essays with a point system. The points will be from one to twenty. The top essay will receive twenty points. They will only award points to the top twenty essays. The essays receiving the most points will be awarded the scholarships.
  5. The members of the advisory committee will send the essay scores back to the TCKI Program Manager no later than August 1st.
  6. The TCKI Program Manager will award the scholarships to the TCK(s) with the highest points.

The essays will be graded on specific criteria:

  1. Clarity of thought,
  2. Understanding of how a specific culture or TCK Identity influenced a career decision,
  3. Ability to communicate clearly how the past is affecting their future,
  4. Clear thesis
  5. Grammar