World Learning Awarded MacArthur Foundation Grant


CONTACT: Kathryn Schoenberger in Washington DC, 202 464-6979

Washington, DC (December 5, 2014)

World Learning has been awarded a three-year, $200,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to provide opportunities for young men of color living in Chicago to spend a summer abroad with The Experiment in International Living’s new Leadership Institute. The Experiment is the founding program of World Learning, a nonprofit organization advancing leadership in more than 60 countries through education, exchange, and development programs.

“World Learning is grateful for the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation to establish this scholarship fund,” said World Learning President and CEO Donald Steinberg. “This program will enable participation by exceptional students who would not otherwise have the means to travel outside of their home communities, let alone experience a transformational summer of leadership training and international study. The impact will resonate far beyond the young men who engage in the program.”

The Experiment Leadership Institute will select 30 rising high school seniors from around the country to participate in a fully-funded summer experience that will take them from Washington, DC; to India or South Africa; to Brattleboro, Vermont. During each year of the program’s three-year pilot period, the MacArthur grant will provide funding for four young men of color from Chicago to participate in the Leadership Institute. After the program, the scholarship recipients will participate in service activities in their communities including educating their classmates about international study experiences.

The Experiment has been implementing international exchange programs to improve cross-cultural understanding for over than 80 years. Today, more than 500 students participate in Experiment programs to more than 20 countries each year. For more information about programs and how to apply visit

This grant complements lead gifts from the Thomas L. and Ann B. Friedman Foundation, the Lowey Family Foundation and alumni of The Experiment and other World Learning programs.