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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Rustic Pathways offers need-based
financial aid, scholarships, fundraising
guidance and special rates to students.

Rustic Pathways Financial Aid: Breaking Down Barriers

Rustic Pathways Financial Aid Office provides need-based aid that allows the best students to travel, regardless of their ability to pay. Rustic Pathways is committed to making life-changing opportunities possible for students worldwide. We know how impactful our programs are, and make them accessible to all students.

Since 2017, Rustic has committed over $700,000 in scholarships and financial aid to students around the world. We are dedicated to affordability and access for all students, regardless of their ability to pay.

Student Scholarships

In addition to our generous financial aid towards programs, Rustic Pathways offers scholarships to students attending a U.S. college or university in 2020.

All Scholarships
Global Perspectives Scholarship

Rustic Pathways is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school or college student attending an accredited U.S. college or university in 2020. $1,000 will also be granted to the school that referred the winning student.

To apply for this scholarship, you will be required to submit an essay based on the Global Perspectives Scholarship prompt.

Teacher Appreciation Program

Rustic Pathways offers a 15% off special rate on all eligible student summer programs through the Teacher Appreciation Program.

You contribute to the development of our future leaders and we want to thank you for the great work you do. We hope to see your child this summer.

Service Program Financial Aid

Rustic Pathways Service Program Financial Aid is competitive financial aid that enables students to cover part or all of the program fee. The Service Program Financial Aid 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.

Gap Year Financial Aid

Financial Aid for Rustic Pathways Gap Years 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 financial aid is based on both merit and financial need.


Fundraising is a key part of making any Rustic Pathways experience happen. Check out our Fundraising Guide and create your own fundraising page! You can also fundraise through our partners at Boon Supply.


Rustic Pathways 2019 Scholarships by the Numbers:

In 2019, we awarded over $355,000 in scholarships and aid to students who demonstrated financial need or merit achievement.

  • 3 Gap Year Scholarships
  • 22 By Invitation Only Scholarships
  • 37 Teacher Appreciation Program Scholarships
  • 106 Service Scholarships

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