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Passport to GO! (P2GO!)

Application Deadline: September 19, 2016 11:59 pm EST


Seeded by a grant from the UNC Parent’s Council and sustained by the Global Education Fund, this award provides funding for 50 first-year or new transfer students to obtain their first US Passport.  Applications from students who otherwise would not be able to afford the cost of a passport are prioritized, and we are specifically targeting students traditionally underrepresented in global opportunities (read more about our Opening Access initiative here). The primary goal of this award is to encourage students to begin participating in global opportunities early in their academic careers.


To be eligible for the award, the student must:

  • Be a first-year or new transfer undergraduate student
  • Demonstrate financial need by either: (a) being eligible for need-based financial aid at UNC or (b) providing a statement detailing your specific situation and need for this support
  • Have never before held, but be eligible to apply for a US Passport
  • Have never traveled outside of the United States
  • Agree to all of the award requirements, listed below. (some exceptions for official and excused absences can be made with prior approval)
  • Be willing to explore global opportunities through service, study, research, or professional experiences both on campus and abroad

Available Funding & Disbursement

50 awards in the amount of $135 to cover the application cost for a US Passport will be disbursed to the winners accounts.  Recipients will be expected to cover the cost of passport photos ($7-10).

Notification of Award

Applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after the application deadline via email. Do not contact the Center for Global Initiatives to inquire about the status of your application during this time frame.

Award Requirements 

Upon receiving the award, the students will be required to:

  • Submit required accounting paperwork
  • Apply for a Passport, preferably at the UNC Global Passport Drive on November 17th and 18th, 2015, but no later than January 31, 2016.
  • Participate in the Carolina Global Opportunities Information Fair on November 5th, 2015
  • Attend a mandatory Grant Writing Workshop date TBD.
  • Attend the Passport to GO! kickoff dinner date TBD.
  • Attend the GO! Spring Orientation on April 2, 2016.
  • Complete semester evaluation reports over the next four years and attend focus groups when possible.

Application Instructions

Apply here!

Required application materials include:

  • Basic biographical information
  • Short answer questions

Contact Information

Jaclyn Gilstrap, Program Officer
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