The Brenda A. Brown Passport Scholarship2021-01-26T00:17:51+00:00

The Brenda Brown Passport Scholarship helps students get their first U.S. passport!

Our founder, Leticia, developed the program. She wholeheartedly believes in the benefits of international exchange and has made it her mission to help students discover those benefits for themselves. 

The scholarship is named after the influential professor who inspired Leticia’s passion for travel and supported her on her study abroad journey, Brenda Brown.

As a Ghana native, Leticia had no experience with how history is taught in the United States. She was in awe of the way that Professor Brown taught with such excitement and credibility. This excitement came from the first-hand insight Professor Brown had into most of the places that she taught about — she’s an avid traveler. She encouraged Leticia to explore the world, and despite some challenges, she helped Leticia make her dream to study abroad come true. Without Professor Brown EBI wouldn’t exist.

An all too familiar conversation sparked the development of this scholarship.

After an EBI study abroad presentation, a local D.C. teacher told Leticia about an incident where 20 students got a surprise opportunity to study abroad for the upcoming summer. Unfortunately, none of the students were able to take advantage of the surprising study abroad trip because none of them could get their passports in time. At that moment, Leticia decided she had heard this same story one too many times. It was time for her to do something about it!

At EBI, we thrive on doing what we can to help students experience the world!

It is EBI’s mission to pay the kindness that Professor Brown showed our founder forward. That is why we created the Brenda Brown Passport Scholarship! We want to make sure that all students have the option to travel. EBI will award over 300 scholarship winners with a passport by 2025. You can see our past scholarship winners below. 


  • The scholarship is open to all United States citizens who are in high school and college.
  • Candidate must be applying for their first-ever United States passport
  • Candidate must be ready to study, intern, or volunteer abroad in the near future.
  • Apply for a passport between April 2021 and May 2021

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