First Passport Grant


The First Passport Grant aims to break down one of the barriers to meaningful international travel by funding passports for Bobcats. 

Did you know that an adult U.S. Passport lasts for up to 10 years and give you the ability to travel all over the world? Applying for and receiving your first passport opens up a world of possibilities, including study abroad, internships abroad, and volunteer experiences abroad. If you’re unsure about what a passport is and why you might need one, check out this short video from HowStuffWorks.  

Students that are selected will also receive support and advising on the passport application process. If you are a student that does not fit the eligibility criteria outlined below, OGO can still provide support and advising on the passport application process. 

Student Eligibility 

  1. Must be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student at Ohio University 

  2. Must be a US citizen by birth or naturalization or U.S. national (i.e. native of American Samoa or Swain's Island).

  3. Must be applying for a first adult US passport (using DS-11 form, not renewing a previous passport) 

Preference will be given to:

  • First- or second-year undergraduate students
  • Students who receive the Federal Pell Grant
  • Students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in international education. For more insight into current trends in international education, visit the Institute for International Education (IIE) Open Doors report

Award Amount 

The award amount is $165. The $165 will cover the costs for (1) the application fee of a U.S. passport book ($130), (2) the execution/acceptance fee ($35).

This award will not cover other fees, which may include passport photos, expedited delivery fees, or travel expenses to submit application materials at the nearest passport application processing center.  


Applications will be accepted until October 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM. 

First Passport Grant Application

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