Don’t let financial stress stand in the way of travel! Check out our scholarships available for travelers wanting a meaningful, cultural experience.
Each year Greenheart Travel provides scholarship grants to individuals who are “first-time travelers” and have the desire for travel and cultural immersion. Our First Time Traveler Scholarships are available for our adult, high school and short term programs. We encourage everyone to follow their travel aspirations, despite obstacles that may inhibit these goals.
We want to help make travel accessible to everyone and truly believe that when you study, teach or volunteer abroad, you are embarking on a journey that will significantly impact your global perspective! That is why, along with our scholarship grants, we will offer additional support and resources for first-time travelers.
The purpose of this scholarship is to give the opportunity to travel to those who have not had it before. Therefore, you should meet these requirements if you want to be considered:
We’ll be the first to admit that this term is a bit loose here. But generally, a First Time Traveler will have no experience traveling abroad alone. It is possible that you went on a Caribbean cruise with your family, or a short school trip to Costa Rica, so we’d be accepting of you if that were your only experience abroad.
However, it is important to us that we reach people who will be traveling abroad solo for the first time. Preference will be given to those with the least experience traveling. At the beginning of the scholarship application, you’ll need to provide a paragraph explaining your travel experience and why you consider yourself a First Time Traveler.
What does it mean to be in good standing with my high school, university or work?
We’ll need a recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or boss. We’re asking you to have them outline why they think you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship and why you’d be a great promoter of cultural exchange.
All scholarship applicants must follow the below process.
You are not required to submit an application for the program as part of the scholarship application process. However, if you are planning on partaking in the program whether or not your get the scholarship, you should submit your initial application as normal to ensure you have a spot on your preferred start date. We cannot save you a spot on a specific date until we have these deposits.
If you are chosen for the scholarship and have not formally applied by submitting a deposit, you will be required to submit your deposit within 48 hours to save your spot on your preferred start date, however, we cannot guarantee all summer start dates will still be available. If your preferred start date is full, you can change your start date. If you are unable to attend on any open start date, you will not be granted the scholarship.
ALL scholarship recipients will be required to pay the application fee as well as the commitment payment following acceptance to the program. Note: These fees go towards the cost of the program and are not separate.
Half of the scholarship amount will be deducted from the total program costs immediately. The second half of the scholarship amount will be reimbursed once the scholarship recipient finishes all required scholarship requirements (blog, reviews, video, photos, etc.).
****For programs with no specific end date, such as Teach in Thailand, we’ll evaluate the terms of acceptance at the 3-month mark.
Our scholarships for 2023 are currently closed, check back in January of 2024 for next year’s updates!
Our teen scholarships for 2023 are currently closed, check back in January of 2024 for next year’s updates!
Our adult scholarships for 2023 are currently closed, check back in January of 2024 for next year’s updates!
Scholarship recipients will become Greenheart Travel content creators! We want to showcase your experience and program! As part of your scholarship, you will be required to create the following for Greenheart Travel:
No, you can only submit one scholarship application per scholarship cycle.
Yes, in order to be considered for the scholarship, you need to submit an active application for the program at the same time. They can be submitted simultaneously or in sequence with one another.
You are not required to submit a deposit or any money to apply for the scholarship, but we do need a completed application with all of your details on file to award you a scholarship.
If you plan to do your program even if you are not awarded the scholarship, we HIGHLY recommend submitting deposits and applying as normal – as not to disrupt your program timeline.
We have a limited number of scholarships and each year we receive anywhere from 40-150 scholarship applications.
Yes! We welcome you to find funding opportunities from all over, and we can accept scholarship credit from other organizations, foundations or from fundraising efforts.
We’ll be asking them to outline why they think you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship and why you’d be a great promoter of cultural exchange.
You will have the ability to input your recommenders email into our application portal, and they can log into your application and provide a recommendation.
If you are applying to study abroad as high school student, yes. All other scholarships are only for the 2023 calendar year.
The high school abroad scholarship we award in 2023 will be applicable to a Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 program unless otherwise noted. We award scholarships in winter for the entire following academic year.
Yes! There is no problem if you’ve already submitted your application and still want to apply for the scholarship.