Explore America | HI USA Travel Scholarships

Explore America Travel Scholarship


Have you ever dreamed of looking out over New York City from the top of the Empire State Building? What about walking across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, or dancing to live music in Austin? Do you feel called by the food and culture of New Orleans, the quirkiness of Portland, or the epic scenery of California's coastal Highway 1?

From coast to coast, the United States is packed with exciting destinations offering a window onto the world. And if you've never had the opportunity to explore them, HI USA wants to help you do it! That's why we created the Explore America travel scholarship.

We're offering $1,000 travel awards with up to 7 free overnight stays at HI USA hostels across the country for young adults ages 18-30 with demonstrated financial need, so you can kick start your travel career right here in the U.S. On your adventure, you'll experience the people, places, and cultures that make up our diverse and beautiful country. Check out the Program Details section to learn more about this travel scholarship and to see if you qualify.

Your travel dreams start here.

Applications for the Explore America travel scholarship will open January 1, 2020. Please join our mailing list to receive updates about our Explore America scholarships via e-mail.

“The opportunity to travel is one of those things that can really change people’s perceptions of what it's like to be on this planet. This scholarship certainly provided that (for me). Having seen the things I have, I can't wait until I am able to go to new, different, unexplored areas.”

-Jessica Roman, Explore America travel scholarship recipient