Hostelling International USA Explore America Travel Scholarship

Hostelling International USA Explore America Travel Scholarship

Award Amount: 4-10 dorm overnights plus a $500 travel stipend

Number of Awards: Three Scholarships

Deadline: before November 11, 2017

Winner Announcement: December 20, 2017

Brief Description:

If you’ve always dreamed of traveling but not sure where to start, you can apply for this “Explore America Travel Scholarship” that is provided by Hostelling International USA. The scholarship is open to US Citizen or Permanent Resident (possess a green card) who have 18 – 30 years of age. The scholarship is designed to help students to achieve their education goal through the scholarship.

Host Institution:

Hostelling International USA (HI USA), also known as American Youth Hostels, Inc. (AYH), is a nonprofit organization that operates youth hostels and runs programs around those hostels. It is the official United States affiliate of Hostelling International (HI), also known as the International Youth Hostel Federation. It is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, with its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland


Please see the basic entry requirements below

  • Be 18 – 30 years of age
  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (possess a green card)
  • Reside or attend school in one of the select metropolitan areas where HI USA is offering the Explore America Scholarship:
  1. CA-San Francisco
  2. DC – Washington
  3. NY – New York City
  • Have a strong desire and motivation to experience other people and cultures through hostelling
  • Plan to take a 4-10 day trip to select HI USA hostel(s) within the United States between February 15, 2018, and January 31, 2019
  • Employees and relatives of HI USA and its licensed facilities are ineligible to receive an Explore America Travel Scholarship.
  • Former recipients of HI USA’s Explore the World and/or Explore America Scholarships are ineligible to receive an award.

Instructions for Applying:

The scholarship application must be completed by the given link:

Supporting Documents:

Travel to one of the following HI USA hostels (dorm-style) and stay for at least 4 consecutive nights, but no more than 10 consecutive nights.

Award Description:

  • Recipients will work with HI USA staff to book their 4-10 consecutive overnights at select HI USA hostels (subject to availability).
  • The total amount of the award is $500. The award is split into two installments. Please allow up to 21 days to process fund requests.
  • The first installment of $350 is awarded before traveling upon completion of the pre-travel requirements.
  • The second installment of $150 is awarded after travel upon completion of post-travel requirements.
  • Under certain conditions, this scholarship may be taxable income. For further details, please review the IRS Taxable Scholarship qualifications here.
  • Scholarship funds are to be used solely for the travel opportunity as outlined in the scholarship contract.

Detailed Information Link:

Contact Information:

Have any question you can submit the contact form by the given link: