The Open Society Foundations, in collaboration with EARTH University, provide five four-year undergraduate scholarships for students from Haiti and five for students from Liberia and Sierra Leone to study at EARTH University, Costa Rica. EARTH University offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on natural resource management and social entrepreneurship.
EARTH University provides an innovative curriculum focused on leadership, agricultural study, and community development to emerging young leaders to enable them to confront the social and environmental challenges of their home countries in tangible and socially responsive ways.  During the program, students apply their learning through collaborative group projects, local field work and a mandatory internship in their third year.  The training helps equip individuals to return to their home countries to help alleviate poverty and encourage sustainable development.
More about EARTH University
EARTH University is seeking young leaders with the potential to become agents of positive change in their communities and countries.
You play an active role in your learning, and professors are your guides in that process. Through real-life experiences, you learn not just the science, but how to apply it for the benefit of people and our planet.
EARTH is not an ordinary agricultural university. Here you become a LEADER IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT with knowledge and experience in integrated livestock and crop management, forestry and conservation, alternative energy, waste management, community development and entrepreneurship.
Live, learn and share your culture on a highly-diverse campus, home to students and faculty from more than 25 countries. International internships, community work and cross-cultural exchange give you an education that opens the doors to the world.
Potential EARTH students should demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Ethical values
  • Academic potential
  • Leadership
  • Vocation for agriculture
  • Commitment to society
  • Environmental consciousness
  • Ability to work in a team

How to Apply
Interested eligible applicants should download applications for study at EARTH through the link below. Alternatively they may contact the director of admissions, Mr. Junior Acosta, at [email protected] for more information.
Deadline: Applicants from Sierra Leone and Liberia should submit their applications by March 15, 2012.
The academic year at EARTH University begins in January.
Applicants from Haiti for the Class of 2013–2015 should submit their applications and recommendation letters by April 30, 2012.
To learn more about the school and download the application form, click here.
For more information about the scholarship, click here.