Travel Scholarships

Our Travel Scholarship Program

Thank you for your interest in the CCSC Travel Scholarship Program.  We are reviewing the applications and will announce the finalists soon.


About the Travel Scholarship Program 

Travel Scholarship Program: The Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission has a goal of making participation in the City's International Sister Cities program as inclusive and diverse as possible.  At present, individuals who participate in traveling delegations or student exchange programs with one of Charlottesville's Sister Cities (Winneba, Ghana; Besançon, France;  Poggio a Caiano, Italy; or the new "Friendship City" of Huehuetenango, Guatemala) typically have to pay out of pocket for their travel costs.

This poses a financial barrier to participation for low-income or working class residents, high school students, etc.  CSCC has created the travel scholarship program to help lower such barriers and enable a broader cross-section of community residents to realize the benefits of Sister City travel opportunities.

Deadline: 5:00PM Tuesday, March 8, 2022.  The CSCC will notify applicants of award status on or before April 8, 2022.

Scholarship Limits and Conditions: The CSCC has allocated up to $5,000 for Travel Scholarships.  Local residents can apply for up to $1,000/each to participate in Sister City travel experiences during the coming year. Scholarship recipients must cover all travel costs above and beyond the scholarship amount they are awarded.  

Application: Submit completed applications by email to or mail to Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission c/o Kyna Thomas, P.O. Box 911, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Applications are limited to a maximum of four pages. 

Post-trip Report: Scholarship recipients will be asked to provide a brief written report or oral presentation to the Commission to share their experience and learning within 60 days following travel.


Upcoming Travel Opportunities

Four cities. Infinite possibilities. Find inspiration in these Sister Cities travel opportunities.

Winneba, Ghana

Sponsor: Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation

Travel Dates: May 4-13, 2022

Registration and Payment Deadline: March 1, 2022

Cost: $2,200 per person

Cost Includes: Airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, travel visa, travel health insurance, admission fees, and more


The Charlottesville-Winneba Foundation is pleased to announce that it is organizing another group trip to Charlottesville's Sister City of Winneba, Ghana!  If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in joining us for this trip, see this Trip Info Sheet for more information: 


You are also welcome to join us for a Trip Info. Session (via Zoom) on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7pm, which will feature a lot more information about the trip, including COVID-related travel requirements and precautions. The link to participate in the Info Session is

If you have any questions about the trip in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact Dave Norris at (434) 242-5165 or