Explore the World Travel Scholarship

Awards 4 $2,000 scholarships to fund summer travel abroad

Hostelling International (HI) USA is awarding $2,000 Explore the World scholarships to individuals who share he organization's belief that travel should be just as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it.

In 2017, HI USA awarded 98 scholarships to young people across the U.S. so they could go 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.

They anticipate providing even more scholarships for the 2018 application cycle.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 - 30 years of age
  • Be a permanent, legal resident of the USA
  • Demonstrate financial need by being a current or former Pell Grant recipient or by having a current income level that does not excede 300% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Reside or attend school in one of the select metropolitan areas where HI USA has a community presence.
  • 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, 2018 and August 31, 2019 that incorporates volunteerism or service learning.

Application Process

A complete application is comprised of the following materials:

  • Online application (available on the scholarship website)
  • 2 personal references
  • Local interview (if selected as a finalist)