Each year we offer a number of scholarships to exceptional high school and gap year students. Rustic Pathways is committed to making life-changing opportunities possible for students worldwide. We know how impactful our programs are, and continually strive to make them more accessible to all students. Contact us with financial aid questions at scholarships@rusticpathways.com.

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2018 Scholarships

  • By Invitation Only Program (Application-Based)

    * The By Invitation Only application period is closed for this year.

    Rustic Pathways believes there are a number of issues that will challenge the next generation. We want to invest in students and their ability to make change. That’s why we’ve created our By Invitation Only Program to bring together a group of like-minded future change makers who will dive into a topic and develop the tools necessary to be leaders. This year’s By Invitation Only program is called Race in America.

    This is an application-based program and 100 percent of the program cost and airfare will be covered. Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by a committee and 10-15 qualified students will be selected . We are looking for students we believe have the power to become change makers in their local and global communities. We truly believe this group of students will change the world for the better.

    The deadline to apply for the By Invitation Only scholarship is January 15, 2018. All applicants will be notified February 19, 2018.

  • Leader Corps Launch Your Career Scholarship

    The Leader Corps Launch Your Career Scholarship is awarded to exceptional students or graduates of a college age to participate on our Leader Corps program in the Dominican Republic created in partnership with 6th Power. Rustic Pathways will award a minimum of one full scholarship to participate on a Leader Corps program. Applicants are evaluated based upon both merit and financial need.

    The deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, March 18, 2018. Recipients will be announced on Monday, March 26, 2018.

  • Service Scholarship (Financial-Need Based)

    Rustic Pathways Service Scholarships are competitive scholarships that enable students to obtain financial aid to cover part or all of the program fee. Applicants must be first-time Rustic travelers who meet our financial need criteria. Scholarships are available for a select number of programs.

    All applicants who apply before December 1, 2017 will be notified about the status of their application by December 15, 2017.

    Our 2018 Service Scholarship application will close on March 19, 2018 at 11:59pm PST. Applicants who apply after December 1, 2017 and before March 19, 2018 will be notified about the status of their application by April 13th, 2018.


  • Gap Year Scholarship (Financial-Need and Merit-Based)

    Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who have graduated or fulfilled all graduation requirements and will be at least 17 years old by the time their gap year begins. Available scholarships are based on both merit and financial need. Awarded scholarships may not be combined with any other discounts. Awarded scholarships are applicable to one semester program, and students may only submit one application.  Awarded scholarships cannot be used toward gap block programs.

  • Teacher Appreciation Program

    As part of our commitment to education, we created the Rustic Pathways Teacher Appreciation Program. Through the Teacher Appreciation Program, we offer discounts up to 50% on almost all of our student summer programs to full-time employees of educational institutions.