Tianna, (left) one of the 2016 Explore the World Travel Scholarships is surrounded by children during her
visit to Capte Town, South Africa.
Not everyone dreams of travel but many who do dream of traveling to far away places believe their dreams are out of their reach financially. This is especially true of those in their teens and twenties. For many it is a choice between furthering their education or travel. Not necessarily.
Explore the World Travel Scholarships from HIUSA offer financial assistance to young people from 18-30 to travel and learn at the same time.
In 2016, 81 scholarships were awarded. In 2017 they have upped the number to 98. (Consider donating to the scholarship fund and help them break 100 make in 2018)
Tiana during a trip to South Africa made possible by an
Explore the World Travel Scholarship
“This trip has opened my eyes to how small of a space I occupy in this world. There is so much going on outside of the United States…this experience has taught me how privileged Americans are to have education and all that it comes with.”
HI USA CEO, Russ Hedge believes in the adage "Travel changes you. You change the world." He has put his company behind making educational travel more accessible for young people. “The Explore the World travel scholarship program is designed to assist young adults in underserved communities in realizing their travel dreams. And it changes the lives of people around the
|Ngozi, on a side trip to Egypt after her Arabic course in Jordan|
Explore the World is administered by 167 volunteers nationwide who believe in HI USA’s mission and purpose to create a more tolerant world.
There are some specific eligibility requirements but is worth a look to see if you qualify.
· 18 - 30 years old
· Current Pell Grant recipient, former Pell Grant recipient, or have a current income level does not exceed 300% of poverty line
· Permanent, legal resident of the USA
· Have a strong desire and motivation to experience other people and cultures through international travel
· Plans to take a trip outside the US between now and August 31, 2018, that incorporates education, volunteerism or service learning.
Additionally, candidates must be a resident of or attend school in one of the following 14 metro areas: Austin, Baltimore Boston, Chicago, DC, Houston, LA, Minneapolis, NYC, Portland, Richmond, San Diego, SF, or Seattle.