Want To Travel But Can’t Afford It? Maybe You Can Apply For A Travel Scholarship

by SharonKurheg

It’s been forever since I’ve searched for a college scholarship but the one thing I recall the most was the vast array of different types of scholarships you can be eligible for. I mean, they were (and still are!) all over the place! They have scholarships for people who are left-handed. If you’re Catholic and your last name is Zolp (or if your last name is Gatlin or Gatling, regardless of your religion). If you’re tall (I sure wasn’t eligible for that one!). If you’re short (Hello!). If you’re interested in studying vacuum coating technology or parapsychology. For students who have a parent in prison. If you’re a twin and both twins go to Lake Erie College (they literally get a BOGOF offer). And the list goes on and on.

Well, I recently discovered there’s a scholarship that’s for travel – specifically international travel. Here’s more info…

HI (Hostel International) USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that awarded 104 Explore The World Scholarships in 2018 to young people across the U.S. so they, could, for example, learn Arabic in Jordan, volunteer in India and Vietnam, teach math in the Dominican Republic, or board a plane for the very first time to study abroad in Europe.

In 2019, they plan to award 86+ of these $2000 scholarships to would-be international travelers across the U.S. who need some help to make their travel dreams come true.



Interested in applying? Here are the details:

Eligibility Requirements:

To be considered for the Explore the World Travel Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Be 18 – 30 years of age at the time of application
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident (possess Green Card)
  • Demonstrate financial need by meeting at least one of the following criteria:
  • Reside or attend school in one of the select metropolitan areas where HI USA has a community presence:
    Los Angeles
    San Diego
    San Francisco/Oakland
    Minneapolis/St. Paul
    DC/Baltimore Metro New York City
    Greater Chicago Portland
    New Orleans Austin
    Boston Richmond
  • Have a strong desire and motivation to experience other people and cultures through international travel
  • Plan to take a trip to a destination outside of the 50 United States between May 15, 2019 and August 31, 2020 that incorporates education, volunteerism or service learning.

HI USA’s website has all the rest of the information regarding program requirements, award distribution, the selection process, and the all-important online application.

If you decide to apply, GOOD LUCK!

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