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Global Perspectives Scholarship

Rustic Pathways empowers students to positively impact lives and communities around the world through its innovative and responsible travel experiences.

Rustic Pathways is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school or college student attending an accredited college or university in 2021. $1,000 will also be granted to the school that referred the winning student.

To apply for this scholarship, follow the instructions below. Submit the online application form and answer the following essay question (under 500 words):

What kind of global impact project is most critical for you to focus on and why, and what is your plan to make that impact in the next year and beyond?

Entry Deadline: August 1st, 2021 11:59 PM PDT.

Awards

1st Place: $1,000 (1 Winner)
Runner Up: $250 (2 Winners)

An award of $1,000 will also be granted to the school that referred the first place winning student.

What’s the Process?

1. Review the essay question (answer must be under 500 words).

What kind of global impact project is most critical for you to focus on and why, and what is your plan to make that impact in the next year and beyond?

2. Complete and submit the online application form by August 1st, 2021 11:59 PM PDT.

  • Judging will be based on the quality of the submission.
  • Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized.
  • Judges will automatically reject any essay over 500 words or any essay submitted past the deadline.

3. Read and agree to the following:

For more information, contact us at scholarships@rusticpathways.com.

Awards

One student will receive the 1st place prize of $1,000 for tuition and/or books. An award of $1,000 will also be granted to the school that referred the winning student. Two runner-ups will receive $250 each for tuition and/or books.

Scholarship Eligibility

This scholarship is open to high school and college students who will be attending an accredited college or university in 2021.

Students must follow all instructions and agree to Rustic Pathways’ Scholarship Agreement.

Students must submit and complete the application form by August 1st, 2020 11:59 PM PDT. No exceptions will be made for applicants after the deadline.

For any questions, please contact scholarships@rusticpathways.com before signing and accepting the award.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I send my essay after the deadline?

We cannot accept any submissions after the deadline.

Can I send my essay before the deadline?

Yes, this is highly recommended.

How can I verify my essay was received?

When you submit your essay via our web form, you will receive a thank you message on the screen after you hit the submit button.

Can I still enter the contest if I’m a home-schooled student?

Yes.

Can I enter if I’m in high school?

Yes, high school seniors or any high school student attending a college or university in 2021 can apply.

Can I enter if I’m in college?

Yes, as long as you are still attending a college or university in 2021, you can apply.

I don’t go to school in the United States, can I enter?

Yes, we have applicants all over the world! International students may enter our scholarship contests, except where void or prohibited by law.

If I’m a home-schooled student, do I get the additional award that would have gone to the referring school?

No, you will receive the individual award only.

When will I be contacted if I’m a finalist?

We will contact you after the deadline if you have won the award.

When will I be contacted if I’m not a finalist?

No, you will not be We will give you notice after the August 1st deadline if you are not a finalist.

Can I apply again if I entered last year?

Yes! We encourage you to apply each year as long as you meet the requirements.

Rustic Pathways Scholarship Agreement

The following statements, acknowledged and signed by you below, are required to process your scholarship application. Processing of your application and disbursement of any scholarship funds is contingent upon your reading and acknowledging that you have read and understand all of the following by the application deadline.

Terms and Conditions

To remain eligible and accept the scholarship award, you must accept the following terms and meet all of the following requirements:

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Rustic Pathways reserves all rights in determining who receives the scholarship award. The processing of your application and disbursement of any scholarship funds is contingent upon your acknowledgement that you have read and understood this agreement. If the requested materials do not match with the information provided on the application, Rustic Pathways has the right to withdraw your scholarship award and present it to another qualified applicant.

The following will not be asked for submission, but is highly recommended to receive the scholarship award:

1. Within six months of receiving the scholarship, you must be enrolled on a full time basis in an accredited community college, four-year college or university. Failure to enroll in a college or university within six months of receiving the scholarship could result in an automatic loss of the scholarship and forfeiture of the scholarship funds. You may only use scholarship dollars for approved expenses incurred in the course of study at the qualifying college or university.

2. You are encouraged to consult with your school’s financial aid office or with your personal or family advisor to determine whether any portion of your Rustic Pathways Scholarship is taxable income that needs to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. Whether or not reporting is required or any tax will be owed will depend upon the unique facts and circumstances of a scholarship recipient’s individual financial situation and/ or certain aspects of the program of study and/or your institution’s requirements. Rustic Pathways is not in a position to provide this type of advice to you, but wants to be certain that you are aware of the need to determine any financial/tax implications of the scholarship and that Rustic Pathways holds no responsibility for this.

Media Release and Consent Agreement

This Media Release and Consent Agreement is granted by the Individual Rustic Pathways Scholarship Recipient, effective upon the finalist receiving and signing the Scholarship Acceptance Form.

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The parties, both Rustic Pathways and Scholarship Recipient, hereby mutually agree to the following terms of release and consent:

Rustic Pathways desires to use the below-identified materials in connection with the publication and distribution of materials, in various media, regarding and/or promoting Rustic Pathways, its activities or accomplishments.

Photographic and video materials incorporating scholar’s name and/or image.

Electronic or digital materials incorporating scholar’s name and/or written words. Printed materials incorporating scholar’s name, likeness and/or image.

Web-based or other electronic or digital materials incorporating scholar’s name, image, likeness, voice and/or spoken or written words.

For any questions, please contact scholarships@rusticpathways.com before signing and accepting the award.

It was an honor and an amazing surprise to receive the Global Perspectives Scholarship, which will help me continue my education at DePaul University and pursue the bright professional future in the publishing industry I strive for. There were so many good candidates with great videos and personal stories that I never thought I’d win, so it felt very special to receive this award—my family was so happy too! As everyone knows, college is an expensive enterprise, and scholarships like this not only provide some very-much-needed economic relief but also hope and joy that there are organizations out there that are willing to bet on and support students through their educational journey. Therefore, thank so much to Rustic Pathways for the work they do and for continuing to help students like me get closer to achieving their dreams year after year.

Quote by: Eva Lopez Global Perspectives Scholarship 2020 Grand Prize Recipient

We cannot thank Rustic Pathways enough for the generous scholarship that you awarded Nancy, as it opened the door to her for a life-changing experience.

Quote by: Rich Hollingsworth Rustic Gap Year Scholarship, 2018

About Rustic Pathways

Rustic Pathways has been the leader in global teen adventure travel and community service programs since 1983. Through purposeful design, we create culturally-immersive travel programs for students ages 12 to 22, customizable teacher-led trips for school groups, and gap year semesters for recent high school grads.