8 Travel and Study Abroad Scholarships for Kids K-12

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The following scholarships are either travel-related contests, study abroad scholarships, or grants for travel given to students from grades K-12! I hope this can be a resource for those kids who might not have been able to travel because of financial obstacles.
Go see the world, kids! You’re never too young to travel.

1. Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

… Ironic. I wish I’d known about this scholarship when I was younger…

If you’re a budding traveler and travel blogger, listen up!

The Family Travel Forum (FTF) and the Society of American Travel Writers have teamed up to provide this scholarship for those of you who have a travel blog and have written an article on one of your adventures! It can be in your back yard or with your parents across the world, anything goes.

If you’re age 13-18 and are in grades 8-12, you can apply to this sweet scholarship. Cash awards range up to $1000!

Click here to see more details on eligibility requirements, and see the video below for more information on applying!

2. Road Scholarship

Ever wanted to send your kid on a class trip but didn’t want to burn a hole in your wallet doing it? Not anymore! This scholarship is for those kids who for some reason can’t afford to go on school or extracurricular group trips!

Gives financial aid to any eligible student or young person for education or performance-related travel with their class or youth group.

Whether your child is any age under 18 years, or age 18-25 (so send this to your older college sibling too)!

Click here to see more details on eligibility requirements!

3. Education First: Explorer Scholarship

A total $30,000 is given away annually through need-based scholarships or students signed up for Education First exploration trips. The trips will allow young students to explore North America with their travel group.

All it requires is an essay and for parents/guardians to complete the application form!

Click here to see more details on eligibility requirements!

4. National Geographic Student Expedition Scholarships

For all of you adventurous, thrill seeking kids out there, check this out! Students in grades 6th-12th who study in the United States or Canada are eligible to win a fully-funded summer of exploration!

This needs-based scholarship was given to 22 awardees last year, and allowed them to visit places like Iceland, Italy, and Tanzania!

Click here to see more details on eligibility requirements, and be sure to check out the awesome informational video below about this NatGeo scholarship!

5. The Explorers Club: Student Grants

This scholarship is available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and immediate post-doctoral college students…

… and high school students! Woo hoo!

All you scientific students already working on or interested in pursuing field research, this is for you!

The average award size is around $1500, and the scholarship website states that,

Generally The Explorers Club considers research proposals in a wide array of disciplines, including:

  • Climate Change, Geoscience, Paleoclimate (i.e. Early Earth, Tectonics, Volcanism, Paleontology, Glaciology, Geophysics, Astronomy)
  • Marine Science, Marine Biology, Marine Life, Fish, Coral, Ocean, Fresh Water, Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries
  • Anthropology/Archeology
  • Plants and Molds
  • Animals
  • Conservation Science

Click here to learn more about this scholarship and how to apply!

6. Travel is Education Scholarship Contest

Calling all artistic travel-kids!

The American Council for International Studies (ACIS) presents this scholarship for students grade 6-12 who have signed up to travel on an ACIS tour. Award sizes range, up to $1000!

What is this scholarship, you ask? The ACIS scholarship page says the following!

The Travel is Education Scholarship competition offers both teachers and students the chance to be rewarded for their creative expression and interest in the world. ACIS Travel Scholarships will be awarded in three categories: artwork, photography and writing.

So get your creativity-hats on, and win a fully funded trip with ACIS!

Click here for more information on applying!

7. National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship

High school Spanish not work out for you, but you still want to learn a useful language while immersed in a foreign culture?

U.S. students age 15-18 can apply for the NSLI-Y scholarship that, if they win, will grant them a summer or one acadamic year abroad learning a language the government deems “high-need”, usually being Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian or Turkish. Award amounts vary.

Click here to learn more about applying!

8. Rotary Youth Exchange

Alright, so this one is not so much a scholarship as it is an exchange program with financial aid!

The National Rotary Club funds students are 15-19 to study abroad anywhere from a few weeks to a full year.

Generally, students still must pay for round-trip airfare, travel health insurance, necessary travel documents (such as passports and visas), spending money, additional travel, and tour fees. However, the Rotary Club organizes a host family for each student and also supplies a monthly stipend!

Click here to find out more information on how to apply!


Share this article with a parent, child, or friend who you think should give their K-12 year child an opportunity to travel!

And if your K-12 year child has studied abroad on scholarship please comment the name of the scholarship below so I can update the list 🙂

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2 Discussion to this post

  1. […] The surprising thing is that I could’ve started applying for study abroad scholarships in middle school! Click here to check out my article on travel scholarship/grants for KIDS grades K-12! […]

  2. These all sound like fantastic opportunities to get the young ones out and about experiencing different cultures while being educational! (not that travel in itself isn’t educational)

    I love the idea of the language immersion scholarship (#7) – would be really interesting learning another language different to what’s offered in high school and what’s a better way than a semester abroad to fully immerse yourself in the culture whilst learning the language, right?

    There’s heap more scholarships available than I thought there was… wish I knew about this before. Great post, Gabby!

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