2012 Expat Youth Scholarship (EYS) Contest

Deadline: 10 June 2012
Open to: Students ages 13-18 of any nationality who have resided in a foreign country for at least two consecutive years
Prizes: combined scholarship prize of $10,000 to six expatriate students


Clements Worldwide, leading provider of international insurance, launched its annual Expat Youth Scholarship (EYS) contest, which awards a combined scholarship prize of $10,000 to six expatriate students.

With nearly 9,000 participants last year, the 2012 EYS contest is highly anticipated by the expat community across the globe.

This year, the international insurer tasked students, ages 13 to 18, with the challenge of submitting a photograph with accompanying short essay that captures a ‘calculated’ risk they were inspired to take during their experience as an expat.

This year’s contest will once again use innovative social media platforms for both the submission and voting process, making the EYS contest accessible to expat students anytime and anywhere in the world.

The deadline for contest submissions is June 10th (11:59pm EST), after which a distinguished panel of external judges will narrow all contest entries down to just 12 finalists. From August 1 to 31st, members of Expat Youth Scholarship Facebook page can vote for their favorite of the 12 finalist entries.

Based on the final tallies at the end of the online voting period, the EYS scholarship winners (first, second, and third place winners in two age categories) will be announced 14th September.


Category One (Ages 13-15)

  • 1st Place $3,000
  • 2nd Place $1,500
  • 3rd Place $500

Category Two (Ages 16-18)

  • 1st Place $3,000
  • 2nd Place $1,500
  • 3rd Place $500


Students ages 13-18 of any nationality who have resided in a foreign country for at least two consecutive years are eligible to apply. 

You must have lived outside your home country (country of passport). If you have more than one passport, your home country is the country that issued you your first passport.

Photo must be an original image taken by the participating contestants, meaning that the picture submitted for the contest cannot be either the work or the property of another person. No exceptions.  To submit your photo entry, you must convert your picture to a JPG file. Black & white pictures are accepted. They can also be taken on any camera device. However, photos must be unmodified, meaning that photo entries with deleted or altered element will be disqualified.


Adapting to a new culture can be a challenging experience, but it can also be a catalyst for new and enriching opportunities. Living abroad can help you learn a new language, take on a new challenge, volunteer for a great cause, and so much more. Being an expat can open your eyes to things you never thought to try.

That’s why for this year’s EYS contest, the theme is “calculated risk”.

To participate and have a chance at winning a scholarship, eligible contestants should:

  1. Go to Facebook and “Like” the page
  2. Write an essay (300-word minimum, 400- maximum) in English that describes a calculated risk you may have taken when living abroad; how you planned for it and took necessary precautions, and how calculated risk paid off for you and perhaps even positively impacted your expatriate experience.
  3. Also required for the submission is an accompanying original photograph taken by you that captures and/or encapsulates the essence of that calculated risk: how you prepared yourself for it; the precautions you took to face it, how you protected yourself during that experience, what this experience has enabled you to do, etc.

The limit is one photo per entrant.

For more information please consult the FAQs section.

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