Explore America Travel Scholarship


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If you’ve always dreamed of traveling, but weren’t sure where to start, apply for one of HI USA’s Explore America Scholarships. Scholarship recipients will receive 4-10 free overnight stays at select HI USA hostels, as well as a $500 travel stipend. You can explore new cities, live like a local and meet people from around the world, right here in the US. From New York and L.A. to Portland and Martha’s Vineyard, each hostel offers a new opportunity to discover what makes our country so unique. You may just discover something about yourself along the way.


Program Requirements:

Please visit the Program Details section for detailed information about the eligibility requirements, application process, and program requirements.

Award Information

Recipients will receive 4-10 consecutive dorm overnights to be used at HI USA hostel(s). The overnights may be used at multiple hostels. For a list of available hostels visit the program details page.

Awards will be split into two payments: an initial $350 payment prior to departure and the remaining $150 after return. Both installments require completion of program requirements. For this reason, it is important that applicants plan their trip funding accordingly.

Explore America is currently open to residents of New York City, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, DC. For more information, please review the Program Details. If you would like information about future programs, please join our mailing list.