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: Apr 15, 2022

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!

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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 2022 or fall 2022. 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, Elisabet Garcia!

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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 2022 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.

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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!

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Holly Bull, President of the Center for Interim Programs
President, Center for Interim Programs

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.

Julia Rogers
Founder of EnRoute Consulting & GYA Board President

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
Co-Founder, J2Guides

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.

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Co-Founder, J2Guides

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.

Marion Taylor
Gap Year Advisor

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.

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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 video representation of your manifesto.
  • Educational Sponsor Contact Information (optional)