If you’re looking to travel the world but find yourself short on funds, you might want to move fast on this scholarship opportunity. Hostelling International USA is looking to award over 86 scholarships to aspiring world travelers, in the amount of $2,000 each. It’s important to note, however, that your travel plans don’t simply consist of you sitting on a beach in Bali for two months. The trip must include a valid educational component. In 2018, for example, HI USA awarded 104 scholarships to students pursuing a wide range of educational activities abroad, including learning Arabic in Jordan and teaching math in the Dominican Republic.
To apply, you must:
- Be a US citizen between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application
- Demonstrate financial need
- Plan to visit a destination outside of the US between May 15, 2019 and August 31, 2020
- Reside or attend school in a select range of cities
For a full list of participating cities, visit the official application page. In your application, you should also be prepared to demonstrate your strong desire to travel and experience other cultures. This is important for setting yourself apart from the competition.
If you’re selected, you will be expected to post at least three photos and/or status updates to Instagram and/or Twitter during your trip, with the tags #exploretheworld and @HIUSA. Upon your return, you must provide a report of your travels, complete a post-travel survey, and submit three additional photos. $1,000 will be paid prior to the trip, with the remaining $1,000 paid upon return.
Winners will be selected by a scholarship committee, and announced by April 10, 2019. The application deadline is March 2, so if you’d like to apply, you must do so before tomorrow.