Explore America Scholarship FAQ | Hostelling International USA

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the funds disbursed?

The total amount of the award is $1000. The award is split into two installments. Please allow up to 21 days to process fund requests.

What can I use the funds for?

Scholarship funds are to be used solely for the travel opportunity as outlined in the scholarship contract.

Can I stay at any HI USA hostel?

We offer free overnights at any of our participating associate hostels. A list of participating hostels can be found here.

What do I have to do if I win?

A complete list of program requirements can be found here.

When will I be notified if I won?

Award notifications are expected to be emailed in early April 2020.

How do I book my stay?

A HI USA staff member will assist you with reserving your hostel bed.

I won the scholarship but something came up. Can I change my plans?

Yes, however you must submit a scholarship change form for approval. HI USA has the right to negate the award if the changes to your plans do not reflect the goal of the scholarship.

How old do I have to be to apply?

You must be between the ages 18 and 30 to apply.

I won’t be 18 until after the application closes. Am I still eligible to apply?

Unfortunately, no. You will not be able to apply until our next scholarship cycle.

Do I have to be a student to apply?

No,you do not have to be a student to apply. But you must meet the eligibility requirements found here.

I won the scholarship. When can I request my funds?

After all required materials have be submitted, at least 40 days prior to travel,complete a pre-travel survey and submit room confirmation with the pre-travel funds request for the first installment. Processing can take up to 21 days.

I just got back from my trip, what do I do now?

Within 30 days of return, complete a post-travel survey and submit a post-travel funds request with required documentation (a report of your travels per HI USA guidelines and three additional photos).