Colby University Student Wins Voyager Scholarship

Terra Gallo ’24, a double major in economics and environmental policy at Colby, is one of 100 recipients of the inaugural Voyager Scholarship, the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service. 

The award, which was established last spring by the Obamas and Airbnb cofounder Brian Chesky, gives juniors who want to work in public service up to $50,000 in financial aid and a $10,000 stipend and free Airbnb housing to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior years.

It also will give them a $2,000 travel stipend every year for 10 years. 
“I’m really thankful for the opportunity and thankful to the Obama Foundation and to all the professors here,” said Gallo, who lives in Cumberland, Maine.

“It’s going to be hugely impactful for my family.” 

She and the other recipients, who come from 35 states and territories and 70 colleges and universities, are invited to a summit this fall with former president Obama and Chesky to talk about the role of empathy and understanding in leadership. 



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