Explore the World Travel Scholarships

Receive $2,000 to help finance an international trip that includes an educational or service component.

apply now for the Explore the World travel scholarship

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Travel changes you. You change the world.

At HI USA, we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it. That’s why we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component.

Last year, we awarded 81 scholarships to young people across the U.S. so they could go learn Arabic in Jordan, volunteer in India and Vietnam, teach math in the Dominican Republic, or board a plane for the very first time to study abroad in Europe. Winners of our 2016 scholarships have returned home from their travels with a profound sense of intercultural appreciation, and a renewed dedication to spreading the word about travel and tolerance at home.

In 2017, we’ll be giving out 98 scholarships to would-be travelers around the country, aged 18-30, who need a little extra help along the way.

If you have a trip in mind to stimulate your personal growth or give back to others, APPLY TODAY for a 2017 Explore the World Travel Scholarship.

How to Apply

STEP 1: Verify that you meet the eligibility requirements.

STEP 2: Complete an Explore the World Application before March 15, 2017.


(Pro Tip: Don't forget to check out our 7 Tips for a Successful Explore the World Application!)

Program Requirements:

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

Award Information:

Awards will be split into two payments: an initial $1,000 payment prior to departure and the remaining $1,000 after return. Both installments require completion of program requirements. For this reason, it is important that applicants plan their trip funding accordingly.

For more information, please contact the scholarship representative in your area. Contact Information can be found on the Contact Us section.