Coach for College Program

Coach for College relies on the power of sports and older role models to help youth develop long-term goals, increase their motivation for education, increase their belief in their capabilities to achieve success in challenging circumstances, and help them develop the life skills needed to achieve their goals. In Coach for College, college students in the United States partner with Vietnamese college students to teach sports, academics, and life skills classes in one or two three-week summer camps held in rural Vietnam.


  • Standing: Students must be in good standing at the time of application and at the time of departure. Please notify us right away if your standing changes at any point.
  • Leaves of Absence: This funding source is for student who will not be on leave during the spring or fall of 2019.
  • Class year: This funding source is for first-years, sophomores, juniors, or students who are first-semester seniors during the spring of 2019.

Who Gets Funded

Preference will be given to students whom the program staff believes will be strong contributors to the summer experience.

How to Apply


  • Complete the Coach for College Program Application. Enter “NA” in each of the essay question fields. Essay questions will be answered in the Essay Questions Form (See below.).
  • Prepare your materials for the funding application:
    • Completed Essay Questions Form, saved in PDF format.
    • One-page resume, saved in PDF format (see OCS templates for guidance).
    • Unofficial Transcript, available under "View Unofficial Transcript" link in the Grades tab of
    • Enroll in Direct Deposit via your term bill following these instructions. Take a screenshot showing you are enrolled, save the screenshot as a PDF, and upload the PDF as part of your application.
  • Submit your OCS Funding Application for Coach for College Student-Athlete Program and submit the above materials in CARAT by Monday, January 28, 2019 at 5pm.

Award Amounts

OCS awards for the Coach for College Program will cover all program-related expenses, including airfare and visa fees.


OCS and other funding centers at Harvard aim to distribute summer funding across the undergraduate community. Therefore, students who receive OCS funding may not accept any additional Harvard funding for their internship or research project. Students are also prohibited from accepting more than one substantial Harvard-funded summer opportunity each summer. In general, substantial experiences are defined as 8 weeks or longer. Students must disclose if they are receiving Harvard funding for any other projects at any point throughout the summer, the amount of the award, and the dates of the other project as soon as possible and no later than June 1 of the year of the award. OCS reserves the right to modify awards accordingly. Failure to promptly report other Harvard-funded summer activities may be reported to the Administrative Board.


Award Notification

Students will be notified of their funding status via email by mid-February 2019. Students selected for an award will have one week to accept or decline the award. Students who accept an OCS award for this category will receive their funds via direct deposit upon completion of all pre-departure requirements.