The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Hostelling International Explore the World Travel Scholarships

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At HI USA, we believe that travel changes you so you can change the world. That's why we created the Explore the World Travel Scholarship: we want to help young Americans, regardless of financial need, travel experience, or location, to connect with other countries and cultures.

Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance an international trip that includes an educational or service component.


  • Be 18 - 30 years of age
  • Be a permanent, legal resident of the USA or a U.S. citizen
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Reside or attend school in one of the select metropolitan areas where HI USA has a community presence.
  • Have a strong desire and motivation to experience other people and cultures through international travel
  • Plan to take a trip to a destination outside of the 50 United States that incorporates education, volunteerism or service learning.

Selection Criteria

A scholarship committee of local residents will score and select awardees from completed, eligible applications based on the candidate’s ability to:

  • Present a compelling case on why/how the proposed travel will benefit him/herself and others
  • Convey a genuine interest in enhancing intercultural understanding through travel
  • Demonstrate financial need

Application Procedure

  • Complete an Explore the World Application for your location
  • Provide 2 personal references
  • If selected as a finalist, participate in an interview in your local area