Welcome to the Explore America Travel Scholarship! Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is delighted to introduce this opportunity aimed at empowering young travelers aged 18 to 30 to embark on transformative journeys across the United States.

As part of HI USA’s commitment to fostering cultural exchange and global understanding through travel, we are thrilled to offer this scholarship to support individuals in exploring the diverse landscapes, cultures, and communities that make America unique. Join us on this adventure as we inspire and enable the next generation of explorers to discover the beauty and richness of America’s tapestry.

Scholarship Description

Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is excited to unveil a travel scholarship initiative targeted at aiding young travelers aged 18 to 30 in fulfilling their travel aspirations and dreams. At the core of HI USA’s mission lies the commitment to assist individuals of all age groups in their pursuit of travel, viewing it as a vehicle for gaining deeper insights into the world and its myriad cultures.

Scholarship Details

HI USA will grant 31 scholarships to applicants from various regions of the United States:

– 30 General Explore America Travel Scholarships
– 1 scholarship exclusively reserved for a current or former member of the Girl Scouts from any part of the United States

Each scholarship package comprises the following benefits:
– A $1,500 travel stipend
– 4-7 complimentary overnight stays at chosen HI USA hostels nationwide
– Free access to pre-travel workshops and assistance with trip planning
– A complimentary one-year HI USA membership

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Explore America Travel Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

– Age: Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old.
– Citizenship: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents (holding a green card), or qualify under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
– Financial Need: Applicants must demonstrate financial need by meeting at least one of the following criteria:
– Current recipient of a Pell Grant.
– Income level not exceeding 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
– Genuine Interest: Applicants should express a sincere interest in exploring the culture of the selected city and provide a compelling rationale for why and how they are novice travelers.

Application Process

To apply for the scholarship, candidates must complete the application form available on HI USA’s website.

If chosen, recipients are required to fulfill pre-travel obligations between March 28th and May 16th.

Awardees can commence their travels as early as May 31st and must conclude their journey within one year. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the award, and recipients must return all disbursed funds.


In conclusion, both the Niche College Scholarship and the Explore America Travel Scholarship offer invaluable opportunities for individuals to pursue their aspirations. Whether it’s advancing one’s education or embarking on transformative travel experiences, these scholarships open doors to new possibilities and enrich lives. Through education and exploration, individuals can broaden their horizons, discover their passions, and contribute to a brighter future.

HI USA’s Explore America program is dedicated to assisting young Americans with verified financial need in kickstarting their travel aspirations. Your adventure starts here, but your journey knows no bounds.


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