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Explore America 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? If you've got big travel dreams but need a little help getting started, HI USA wants to help you explore America!

Your Travel Dreams Start Here


We designed the Explore America scholarship specifically for young Americans who’ve got big travel dreams but don’t yet have the resources or experience to make them a reality.

Here's How it Works


Each year, we award 10 Explore America scholarships to recipients across the country. The award includes:

  • A $1,000 travel stipend
  • Up to 7 free overnights at your choice of HI USA hostels
  • Help planning your travel itinerary

See if You Qualify


To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be 18-30 years old
  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Be excited to get out and experience the USA’s people, places, and cultures

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, HI USA's scholarship programs are currently on hold.  Please subscribe to our "Programs & Events" mailing list to be alerted when we can relaunch again!

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