USA Gap Year Fairs $5,000 Scholarship

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Grand Prize

  • Tuition scholarship up to $5,000 USD
  • Mentorship from an expert gap year counselor
  • Deadline to apply: Mar 15, 2023

Fairs & Virtual Events

Find your dream gap year program at an upcoming event. Connect with scholarship-eligible programs & counselors to learn everything you need to know about taking a gap year!

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Who can apply for the scholarships?

Eligible applicants must be U.S. residents, ages 17-20, intending to enroll in a participating gap year or summer program during summer 2023 or fall 2023. 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.

Can't believe that we are giving a way $5,000 and gap year counseling to one lucky student? Watch us surprise last year's winner, Jaëlle, who took a gap semester with EF Gap Year!

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.

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 2023 USA Gap Year Fairs Scholarships. Explore all participating gap year organizations' program offerings on the participating programs page, or better yet -- meet them at an in-person fair or virtual event. These are the only gap year programs you can apply the scholarship funds towards.


The winners get to work with expert gap year counselors?

Yes! The lucky winner 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, President of the Center for Interim Programs
President, Center for Interim Programs

Holly Bull has placed over 3,100 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.

Julia Rogers
Founder of EnRoute Consulting

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, Accredited Gap Year Consultant
Co-Founder, J2Guides

Jason Sarouhan has offered 25 years of his professional career supporting students pursuing experiential education opportunities all over the world. As a former wilderness and international travel guide and program director, Jason is passionate about risk management, leadership, and personal growth.

Jane Sarouhan headshot
Co-Founder, J2Guides

During my junior year of college I traveled with a group of 18 students around the world. We went to England, India, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and Colombia in 9 months. The countries and cultures were astounding. The curriculum was real-time and place-based. Our faculty became role models, and our group was a family. Like every known cliché in the book, I came home feeling awed, humbled, confident and inspired to engage my life and learning in new and bolder ways.

Kate Warren Director of Research and Accredited Gap Year Counselor
Director of Research and Accredited Gap Year Counselor

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 March 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)