Human Trafficking Continues
to Plague the United States

The Homeland Security Philanthropy Council is here to give Survivors the Courage to Thrive.

The Granting Courage Scholarship:

The Granting Courage Scholarship Program grants financial awards to survivors of human trafficking or child exploitation who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

The Homeland Security Philanthropy Council grants up to ten (10) Granting Courage Scholarships each year for full-time undergraduate, graduate or vocational study. The awards scholarships up to $25,000. The Granting Courage Scholarship Program helps to offset the fees and expenses associated with educational study, and support the continued success of survivors of trafficking and exploitation. We help these young men and women not only survive, but thrive, by reducing the significant financial burden of education at a critical time in their live.


  • Educational Scholarships for Survivors of Human Trafficking or Child Exploitation.
  • Inspiration and guidance from our network of Survivors and Advocates
  • A focus on long-term survivor needs in the areas of education and career development

About Granting Courage


“In 2014, there were nearly 2300 victims of human trafficking identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This number represents but a  small fraction of the growing number of victims who are smuggled into the United States each year.”

Am I eligible for a Granting Courage Scholarship?

Granting Courage Scholarship Program


Eligibility Checklist:

❏  I am a survivor of human trafficking or child exploitation.

❏  I am a current post-secondary undergraduate or graduate level student enrolled in a course of study at a college, university, or vocational technical school for the entire 2017-18 academic year.

❏  I am NOT a past recipient of the Granting Courage Scholarship. If you meet all of the above eligibility criteria, you may apply for the scholarship!

The application deadline for 2017-2018 is July 20.

Granting Courage Scholarship Program

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Applicants should also be prepared as part of the application process to address the following:

Please note, application deadline for 2018-2019 is July 27, 2018

  1. This scholarship program is for survivors of human trafficking. Please: 1) define human trafficking; and 2) and describe the dates and duration (only) of your trafficking situation.
  2. This scholarship program is intended to assist survivors with their education and career development. Have you completed any coursework, certification programs, or other education.? If so, please describe your academic achievement to date (with supporting information such as GPA and/or transcripts).
  3. Please describe your financial need for scholarship funds. How will grant funds, if awarded, be spent to advance your education and life goals?
  4. Please describe any leadership, advocacy, or public awareness activities in which you are involved as a survivor, and the impact (intended and actual) of these efforts.
  5. How are you currently engaged with survivors and/or in anti-trafficking efforts?
  6. How will you use your education to further serve the survivor community?
  7. In order to be considered for scholarship, you must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled or accepted (but not yet enrolled) in an educational program such as college, graduate school or vocational-technical program.

Include information from anti-trafficking organizations that have assisted you, teachers or other mentors.