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

Fundraising is a key part of making any Rustic Pathways experience happen. Check out our Fundraising Guide here and click this link to create your own fundraising page! You can also fundraise by “starting a fundraiser” through our partners at Boon Supply by clicking here.

All Scholarships
Service Scholarship

Rustic Pathways Service Scholarships are competitive scholarships that enable students to obtain financial aid to cover part or all of the 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.

The application for 2019 is now open.

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 and 100 percent of the program cost and airfare will be covered for avid change makers to attend the Critical Issues Summit. Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by a committee and 25 qualified students will be selected to attend the summit. We’re 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 Critical Issues Summit will be held in Southeast Asia from July 16 through Aug. 2, 2019.

The 2019 Critical Issues Summit Scholarship is now open. The application will close January 17, 2019 (at 11:59pm PT), and all applicants will be notified about the status of their application on February 5, 2019.

Gap Year Scholarship

Rustic Pathways Gap Year Scholarship recipients are passionate, involved, and excited about learning new skills and bringing them back to their hometowns and universities. They are hardworking individuals who have impressed their teachers and peers. Gap Year Scholarship recipients go above and beyond expectations.

The 2019 Gap Year Scholarship is now open.

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 percent on almost all of our student summer programs to full-time employees of educational institutions.


In 2018, we awarded nearly $285,000 in scholarships to students who demonstrated financial need or merit achievement in four categories.

Rustic Pathways 2018 Scholarships by the Numbers:

  • 3 Gap Year Scholarships
  • 13 By Invitation Only Scholarships
  • 59 Teacher Appreciation Program Scholarships
  • 106 Service Scholarships