- Tuition scholarship up to $10,000 USD
- Mentorship from an expert gap year counselor
- Awarded by gap year alumni ambassadors
- Deadline to apply: Apr 15, 2021 Apply Now
Virtual Fairs & Events
Find your dream gap year program at an upcoming virtual event. Connect with scholarship-eligible programs and counselors to learn everything you need to know about taking a gap year!View Schedule
Who can apply for the scholarships?
Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, ages 14-25, intending to enroll in a participating gap year or summer program during the summer 2021, fall 2021, or spring 2022 semesters. Applicants who are under 18 must include an email address of a parent or legal guardian who can review and consent to the Terms & Conditions in order for the applicant to apply.
For a quick rundown on the scholarships and a few pro tips on how to win, check out this video by the Gen Z scholarships expert, Gabby Beckford. She's earned over $100,000 in scholarships to fund meaningful travel experiences, so don't miss out on her insider information!
Starting your application is easy -- just click the link below to get started. Then explore programs, write your gap year manifesto, and submit a creative visualization of that manifesto. Oh, and here's the link to Gabby's vision board template if want some inspiration.
What gap year programs can I choose from?
Whether you're dreaming of an international, domestic, or virtual gap year, there are plenty of program options that are eligible for the 2021 USA Gap Year Fairs Scholarships. Explore all participating gap year organizations' program offerings on the participating programs page, or better yet -- meet them at a virtual event. These are the only gap year programs you can apply the scholarship funds towards.
Some of the participating organizations are offering additional scholarships, listed at the bottom of this page. You will need to apply to those scholarships directly through the organizations.
The winners get to work with expert gap year counselors?
Yes! The two lucky winners will receive 1:1 mentorship from a participating gap year counselor of their choice. Each accredited counselor has 10+ years of experience working with students, helping students of all ages plan meaningful gap years. The best way to get to know our presenting counselors is to register for an upcoming virtual event!
Holly Bull has placed over 3,000 individuals, including her daughters, in vetted programs in the 30+ years she has been counseling students and adults through the gap-year process. She took her own two gap years before and during college. Founded in 1980, her company, the Center for Interim Programs, is the first and longest-running independent gap year counseling service in the US.
Jane traveled around the world when she was a junior in college, taking her anthropology studies from books to reality in England, India, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and Colombia. While the countries and cultures were astounding, it was her faculty, and their leadership, that had an even greater impact. While she finished her degree in anthropology, Jane quickly started looking for opportunities to similarly guide students.
Julia Rogers is a traveler, writer, speaker, and professional accredited gap year counselor. She has circled the globe a few times over, always in search of the most inspiring adventures to recommend to gap year students. She believes in the power of intentional travel to transform how we define higher education. Her favorite destinations are Morocco, New Zealand, Laos, and Nepal. When not planning her next adventure, she enjoys playing in the mountains of Stowe, Vermont, where she calls home.
Jason Sarouhan has offered 20+ years of his professional career supporting students pursuing experiential education opportunities all over the world. Together, he and his wife Jane, co-founder of J2Guides, are the only GYA Professionally accredited gap year counselors that have: taken, led, designed, coordinated and directed gap year programs.
Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Marion Taylor is owner of Taylor The Gap LLC and the only GYA accredited gap year advisor between Chicago and California. Prior to founding Taylor The Gap LLC in 2011, Marion worked in Social Work for over 35 years focused on families, women, and children both domestically and abroad. Distinct from other counselors, she offers a unique parenting perspective with all four of her children having participated in a structured and or independent gap experience.
Kate Warren joined Interim in 2001 as Director of Research. To date, she remains the only full-time independent gap year program researcher and accredited gap year counselor in the US. She has engaged in numerous program site visits to learn, first-hand, what Interim students encounter during a gap year.
What do I need to submit an application?
Starting your application is really easy, but here are a few tips so that you know what to expect. Once Step 1 is complete, you can edit your application up until the deadline on April 15th.
Step 1: Basic Information
- Contact Information (+ Parent/Guardian Information required if under 18)
- High School Information
Step 2: Program & Counselor Selection
- Gap Year Interests
- Select your favorite programs & counselors!
- Apply directly to these organizations to confirm your program eligibility.
Step 3: Personal Essay & Creative Image
- Personal Essay: Write your gap year manifesto!
- Creative Image: Create a visual representation of your manifesto.
- Educational Sponsor Contact Information (optional)
|Organization||# of Scholarships||Amount|
|Amigos de las Américas||Need-based Financial Aid||$500–$13,000|
|ARCC Gap||Need-based Diversity, Inclusion & Access Scholarships||Sliding scale|
|Art History Abroad||AHA Music Scholarship & Sir Trenchard Cox Scholarship||$1,700 - $5,900|
|Berridge Programs||Merit, Financial-Need and Diversity||25% - 100% of tuition|
|Carpe Diem Education||Inclusion & Access Scholarships||$1,000 - $5,000|
|CET Academic Programs||Need-based Financial Aid||$250 - $2,000|
|CIEE Global Navigator||Various Need-based & Merit Scholarships||10-100% tuition|
|College Year in Athens||Fall 2021 Flight Award||$1,000|
|Cow House Studios||3+ Need-based & Merit Scholarships||25-100% tuition|
|EF Gap Year||3+ Merit Scholarships||$1,000 - $10,000|
|EnRoute Consulting||BIPOC Student Grants||$2,500|
|Global Citizen Year||3+ Merit Scholarships||$5,000 - $15,000|
|High Mountain Institute||Need-based Financial Aid||$1,000+|
|InterExchange||Christianson Fellowship||Up to $10,000|
|J2Guides (Gap Year Counselors)||Explore the Gap Scholarship||$500|
|Masa Isreal Journey||Masa Grant||Up to $4,300|
|NOLS||Need-based Financial Aid||Sliding scale|
|Semester at Sea||12+ Merit & Need-Based Scholarships||$250 - $25,000|
|The School of the New York Times||Diverse Voices Scholarship||100% tuition|
|Verto Education||Verto Opportunity Grants & Leadership Scholarships||$1,000 - $10,000|
|Where There Be Dragons||Need-based Financial Aid||Sliding scale|
These providers and counselors have generously made additional scholarships available to applicants who select their program(s) as one of their top choices for taking a gap year this year!