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.
In 2018, we awarded nearly $285,000 in scholarships to students who demonstrated financial need or merit achievement in four categories:
- Gap Year Scholarships – 3
- By Invitation Only Scholarships – 13
- Teacher Appreciation Program Scholarships – 59
- Service Scholarships – 106
We’re excited to announce our four scholarship opportunities in 2019. Applications open Oct. 17.
Rustic Pathways Service Scholarships enable students to obtain financial aid to cover between 50 to 100 percent of their program fee. The Service Scholarship is based on financial need and merit. Applicants must be first-time Rustic travelers who meet our financial need criteria. Scholarships are available for a select number of programs.
Applicants who apply before Dec. 3 will be notified Dec. 18. Anyone who applies after Dec. 3, but before March 20, 2019, will be notified April 5, 2019.
Critical Issues Summit Scholarship
The Critical Issues Summit Scholarship (awarded the past two years as By Invitation Only) is an extremely competitive application-based program. Rustic will cover 100 percent of the program cost and airfare for avid change makers to attend our inaugural Critical Issues Summit in Southeast Asia. We’re looking for students we believe have the power to become change makers in their local and global communities and will change the world for the better.
The application for the Critical Issues Summit Scholarship will close Jan. 17, 2019 (11:59pm PT). Applications will be reviewed by a committee and applicants will be notified Feb. 5, 2019.
Gap Year Scholarship
Rustic Pathways Gap Year Scholarship recipients are passionate, involved, and excited about learning new skills during a gap year or semester and bringing them back to their hometowns and universities. They are hardworking individuals who have impressed their teachers and peers. The Gap Year Scholarship covers between 25 to 100 percent of program fees for a gap semester.
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.
Rachel joined Rustic in 2013 and led programs for three summers in Costa Rica, Peru, and Ghana. She’s also led programs in Fiji and Tanzania. A graduate of the University of Vermont with degrees in sociology and Spanish, Rachel focuses her love for travel, writing, and her unquenchable curiosity of our natural world as Rustic’s Brand Engagement Manager. Based in Tahoe, CA, Rachel is a talented ceramicist and lover of the outdoors.