Study Abroad with These Travel Scholarships Designed for High Schoolers

Study Abroad with These Travel Scholarships Designed for High Schoolers

For teens who want to travel, finding the funding can be tough. Part-time and seasonal jobs can help, but we understand that isn’t always enough.

One of our most frequently asked questions is if we offer scholarships, and the answer is yes! Our First Time Traveler Scholarships can be used towards a Greenheart Travel program for those who have never traveled own their own.

Additionally, here are some scholarships that you can be used towards studying abroad in high school

Allianz Global Assistance ScholarTrips Contest

ScholarTrips is a scholarship program that awards creativity and the desire to learn through travel. Applicants have the option to write a 550-word essay or create a 60-90 second video that answers the given prompt. Prizes range from $500 up to USD$2,500 to be put towards a volunteer or study abroad program


  • Be a legal resident of the U.S.
  • Be a student over the age of 14 from an accredited high school, trade school, university or college.

Crystal Charitable Fund

The Crystal fund provides grants up to $4,000 per student to support extended cultural or educational experience “away from home.”


  • 13-19 years old
  • From the Chicago area
  • From economically disadvantaged families
  • Good academic standing

High School in the Netherlands

Driver Education Initiative Award

National Driving and Traffic School are proud to announce their 2019 scholarship opportunity, entitled “In the Driver’s Seat.” The company is seeking to reward essay applicants $3,000 in scholarships on the topic of being a safer driver.


  • Students enrolled as a high school sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Employees and relatives of National Driving and Traffic School are ineligible

Go Farther Student Travel Grants

Student Travel Grants are awarded to support an individual student’s participation in an educational travel program of their choice. Farther Foundation enables students from economically disadvantaged circumstances to participate in educational travel experiences where they explore interests, expand horizons, gain inspiration and elevate aspirations for future academic and life success. Grants are available up to $5,000 per student.


  • High school sophomores and juniors from Chicago and the surrounding area
  • Students from economically disadvantaged families based upon U.S Department of Health & Human Services poverty guidelines
  • Students without previous enrichment travel opportunities

Tom Neumann Summer Learning Scholarship

The Tom Neumann Memorial Fund honors Mr. Neumann’s love for travel, appreciation for all types of culture and respect for the inherent worth of all people. The scholarship amount can range up to $6000 toward participation in an academic, cultural or travel enrichment activity between the junior and senior years of high school.


  • Oak Park and River Forest High School juniors

Gap Year Escape Scholarship

The Gap Year Escape Scholarship is designed for those in the online business world. An amount of $500 will be given to one student who is pursuing a career in Marketing, Business, Journalism, Media, Communications, or related fields.


  • Must be working towards a degree (undergrad or maters) related to business, marketing, journalism, media or communications for the academic year 2018-2019
  • All applications need to come from a university email account and provide proof from the university that confirms the applicant is eligible
  • There is no citizenship requirement, granted they are enrolled at a US-based university

High School in Spain

All People Be Happy Volunteer Service Awards

Past Greenheart Travelers have been awarded this scholarship, for work on our Volunteer Abroad programs. We recommend if you are looking into our volunteer abroad programs to consider applying for a grant with them.

AllPeopleBeHappy foundation was established on August 29, 2007 by the family and friends of Eric Tang, following his untimely death at the young age of 25.  The Foundation was borne out of Eric’s hope that All People Be Happy, which he used as the pseudonym for his blog.


  • The volunteer activity must be a part of a program run by an organization with U.S. 501(c)(3) tax status (Greenheart is!)
  • The activity must address at least one of the areas which align with the AllPeopleBeHappy foundation vision of ending extreme poverty: Education and Training, Health Care, or Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Applicant must be 18 or older before receiving the grant funds
  • Applicant must be a US Citizen or US Resident

Brower Youth Awards

Established by Earth Island Institute in 2000, the Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership honors environmental advocate David Brower, who said, “I love to see what young people can do before someone old tells them it’s impossible.”

The scholarship aims to help those involved in a sustainability project.  The six recipients are given $3,000, as well as a professionally produced short film about their work with the environment by an Emmy award-winning crew. Plus, a flight and lodging to a week-long stay in the San Fransico Bay Area, where recipients will receive coaching and leadership activities.


  • Must be between the ages of 13 and 22 as of May 1, 2019
  • Must live in North America (including Mexico, Canada, some Caribbean Islands) and US “Territories”

Explore The World Travel Scholarships

HI USA has created the Explore the World Travel Scholarships, that grant $2,000 to help finance international trip that includes an educational or service component.


  • Be 18 – 30 years of age at the time of application
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident (possess Green Card)
  • Demonstrate financial need

The Travel Access Project (TAP)

Grants are $3,000 towards travel or education costs associated with the recipient’s Gap Year.  Up to ten recipients will be selected during the 2019-20 academic year. They will also receive student membership in the Gap Year Association, video calls with Sean, Jenn & TAP Grant recipients, a travel backpack, and discounts from partner organizations.


  • No restrictions, all are welcome to apply

Learn More About Greenheart Travel Scholarships

First Time Traveler Scholarships

4 thoughts on "Study Abroad with These Travel Scholarships Designed for High Schoolers"

  1. Jesica Corre says:

    Nice post. This wasn’t what I was searching for but I still liked reading it.

  2. tali says:

    Hi, good day!
    I know it’s a whole year later, but I hope you are able to study in the US!!!!
    I live and go to school in Tucson, Arizona, USA. I would love to visit El Salvador. It’s kind of vice versa. 😉

    Anyways, I know I don’t really know you, but you know 3 three languages and have a really high grade average. You’re so smart!!!
    You’ll do great!

    Sincerely, Natalia

  3. Arianna Alas says:

    Hello, good day.
    I hope you’re doing well.
    My name is Arianna Alas and I’ve 15 years old, my birth date april 25 of 2005. I’m from El Salvador and I’m living here.
    I study in Colegio Champagnat, one of the most recognized schools in my country. And I’m in 9th grade. My average of grades is 8.4
    My level of english it’s advanced and now I’m learning french.
    I read about this page and I’ll love to enter in january of 2021.
    I would love to study in United States, will be a dream come true and I’ll do my best. Thanks for reading this.
    Happy day, thanks.

    1. Haldis Toppen says:

      Good day! For information on our high school program in the U.S., please refer to our Greenheart Exchange site:

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