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Service Scholarship

The Service Scholarship application for 2019 is now closed.

Important Deadlines

Round 1: The first round of our 2019 Service Scholarship application opened on October 17, 2018 at 12:00am PT and closes on December 2, 2018 at 11:59pm PST. All applicants who applied on or before December 2 will be notified about the status of their application by December 18, 2018.

Round 2: The second round of the 2019 Service Scholarship application will open as of December 3, 2018 at 12:00am PST. It will close again on March 20, 2019 at 11:59pm PST. These applicants will be notified by April 5, 2019.

Required Materials

  • Digital Copy of Household Income Statement
  • Two Short Essay Responses

Essay One: Motivation
Why do you want to participate in a Rustic Pathways program? This is an opportunity to tell us about your current school, extracurricular, or volunteer experiences, and demonstrate how you will positively contribute to a Rustic Pathways program.

Max characters: 1500

Essay Two: Commitment to Service
We award this scholarship as an investment in you. How will you, in turn, invest in your community?

Maximum characters: 1500

*Since the application must be completed in one sitting, we recommend that students prepare their essays beforehand.*

Estimate Your Financial Contribution

Students and families must be active participants in this process and fundraise throughout the year to meet their estimated financial contribution. To estimate your financial contribution, consider the airfare, visa, spending money, and vaccination costs associated with your selected program country.

We accept: FAFSA, federal tax forms, or social security benefit documents are required to verify income eligibility. If you are not a U.S. resident, any tax document from your government will be accepted. Tax filings must be from either 2017 or 2018.


Students must provide proof of household income less than $95,000 to be eligible for the Service Scholarship. The Service Scholarship is for first-time travelers only, and students will not be considered for the scholarship if they are already enrolled in a program.