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 $750,000 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 college in 2023.

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 2023.

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.

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!


Rustic Pathways 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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Scholarship Resources

The scholarships listed below are not affiliated with Rustic Pathways. We list these as a resource for students.

Middle School Scholarships

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program

High School Scholarships

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition

AFA’s Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest

Ayn Rand Essay Contests

Burger King Scholars Program

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

Martin Polanco Scholarship

McConnell Scholarship

McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship Program

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Project Bridge Youth Ambassador Program

“Test Yourself” Scholarship from STD Labs

USAC Study Abroad Scholarships

U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Vinson & Elkins Diversity Scholarships

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Undergraduate Scholarships

American Indian Science and Engineering Society Scholarships

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Program

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

Gary Saitowitz Scholarship

Golden Key International Honour Society

Go Overseas Study or Intern Abroad Scholarship

Hostelling International USA Travel Scholarships

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program Scholarship for Latin American Students Scholarship for Latin American Women Scholarship for DACA Students

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Jane Gluckmann and Carol Rausch “Go Global” Scholarship

Graduate Scholarships

American Association of University Women

Beinecke Scholarship Program

Boren Scholarships

Brian Colombana Scholarship

Citizens and Scholars Fellowships

Churchill Scholarship

Davies-Jackson Scholarship

George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program

Golden Key International Honour Society

Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity

Harry S. Truman Scholarships

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award

Hostelling International USA Travel Scholarships

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

Luce Scholars Program

Marshall Scholarships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Rhodes Scholarship

Rotary Foundation Scholarships

Spencer Education Fellowship

The Fulbright Program

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans