Financial Need Scholarship

We believe that taking a gap year shouldn’t be restricted to only those with the economic means. This scholarship aims to make this opportunity more accessible for students that demonstrate financial need.

Scholarship Award: up to $5,000 each season  
(typically $1,000 per student - multiple scholarships may be awarded)


To be eligible, your family must earn less than $70,000 per year and this must be your first experience traveling abroad.

Once you are awarded a scholarship, you get the sweet gig of becoming a gap year ambassador. As an ambassador, you bring your gap year experience to life and complete one of the following activities during or post-program:

  • Create an engaging 3-minute video about your experience
  • Write a blog post reflecting on your experience
  • Give a presentation at your high school or college
  • Get interviewed about your gap year and program experiences


Deadline & Notification

The scholarship submission deadline is 110 days prior to season departure. Scholarship applications will then be reviewed and awarded 100 days prior to the program's start date. Once a scholarship has been awarded, students have 14 days to pay a 50% deposit to confirm their place on their chosen program.


How to Apply

  1. Apply for the semester program you want to attend.
  2. Complete the Financial Need Scholarship Application Form (below).
  3. Demonstrate financial need by submitting both parents' most recent federal tax return. If you are financially supported by one parent, this needs to be detailed to us so we can best understand each student's circumstances.
  4. Attend an informal interview call with our admissions team.

Note: If you apply for a scholarship, we will not charge you for the application fee or deposit until we have informed you about our scholarship decision.


Financial Need Scholarship Application Form

Your scholarship application will not be considered until you've applied for one of our programs. Once you have submitted this, please also complete a program application.