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Explore The World Scholarship

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.

Travelers Change the World


In 2019, we awarded 115 scholarships to young people across the U.S. so they could learn Arabic in Jordan, volunteer in India, teach math in the Dominican Republic, or board a plane for the first time to study abroad in Europe. Recipients return 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.

Here's How it Works


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

  • A $2,000 travel stipend
  • Help preparing for your trip

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 planning an upcoming international trip that involves an educational and/or volunteer service component

Explore the World Scholarship applications will open in October 2023. Please subscribe to our "Programs & Events" mailing list to be alerted when applications launch!

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