Travel Scholarships 💸—The 411 On How to Win Free Money for Travel!

Travel Scholarships 💸—The 411 On How to Win Free Money for Travel!

October 19, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


The only thing more stressful than packing
four months of junk into a suitcase is applying for travel scholarships. Deadlines, eligibility factors, essays—trying
to impress someone enough in 500 words or less so that they will literally help fund
your dreams is a daunting experience. Let’s chat SCHOLARSHIPS, y’all! That’s right, you can get FREE MONEY to
study, volunteer, intern, get your TEFL certificate, etc. One more time: Free. Money. We’re here to tell you about how GoAbroad
can help you find travel scholarships to make all your travel dreams come true. So if you have one, wait, I promise it’ll
come true! That’s why we put this how-to video together to help you find the right student travel scholarships, get your application game up to snuff, and watch that free money come rollin’ on in. What Kinds of Travel Scholarships are There? There’s academic scholarships to travel
abroad, which is great if you love report cards—for you smarties out there! Athletic scholarships for travel are a slam
dunk! Now you don’t have to be a pro, but if you’re
really good and play a sport in college this might be the right scholarship for you. Is your ethnicity or gender under-represented in travel? Demographic scholarships to travel abroad are for you. Destination based student travel scholarships—different countries have different scholarships for international students. Find a scholarship based on your field of
study. Do you receive the Pell Grant or other financial aid? Then, apply for need-based travel scholarships. OR, your alma mater could hook you up with university-specific scholarships. To help undergraduate students afford
to take on unpaid or underpaid summer internships, study abroad programs, or service trips abroad, or even summer research. There’s just heaps of options! I could go on and on and on all day. Where can you find travel scholarships for
college students? We’re glad you asked! We’ve got a handy dandy little thing over
at GoAbroad called a “Scholarships Directory.” This is your go-to for all things travel scholarships! Again: Go. Abroad. Scholarships directory. Filter your search by experience to find great
opportunities across the web, all in one place. PRO TIP: For those of you still in school,
if you haven’t popped by your international programs or financial aid offices, you better
make an appointment! It’s right there, it’s easy to use, they’ll
be there with you throughout the whole process and you’ll be on your way to your next adventure in no time. How do I apply for travel scholarships without
wasting my time? Another great question, class! Very nice! My mother’s always told me that if you’re
not nervous about a job interview, then you probably don’t really care about the job. I think the same thing stands true for a lot of other things as well Here are a few insider tips so that you don’t
waste your time, and, you’re ultimately getting the most bang for your buck!
Buck for your bang???—Whatever, here’s how to kick ASS at scholarship apps. Get organized! Put everything in one place—Google drive,
a spreadsheet, or an *actual* folder with printed materials. DUE. DATES. DO MATTER. They do, do, do, okay? So mark all your due dates and create reminders
for them one or two weeks out. You don’t want to be scrambling to get everything
together last minute. Trust me, it’s not enjoyable. Ask for letters of recommendation. Now this could be something from your past
boss or your teacher. Some scholarships will require letters of
recommendation. Start this process early to give recommenders
plenty of time to craft a meaningful letter for you. Craft a KILLER Application Essay. Yes, you have to write. This is like, 90% of the application, right? You’ll need to check the specifics of each
prompt. Some might be looking for a personal narrative,
some might want you to answer a very specific question or speak to a current event or major
world issue. In order to get the dough you gotta put in
the time. Understand your goals — ask yourself why
this experience is important, what will you bring to the table, and what do you expect
to take away from the experience. Outline your essay—but like, seriously. Even if it starts only as “Intro, body,
and conclusion,” at least you need to know where you’re headed so you don’t end up
submitting a two-page ramble about nothing. Then you want to edit, edit, edit. Edit again, edit again, and edit AGAIN. There’s going to be no typos for you. You want to look professional and you want to look smart. Send your draft to someone you trust to give
you feedback and edit it, again. Like your mom, or your English teacher. ONE LAST TIME. Review submissions requirements so you know
you’re following all the directions and submitting your essay in the correct format. Submit all of your materials. Early, you pro! and await your fate! Good luck! Now, waiting for your acceptance letters can
be anxiety inducing. So, check with your scholarship offices about
when you can expect to hear a decision by, and keep yourself as busy as you can while
you’re waiting. PFFFT. Is it worth it? Are overpriced avocados low-key the worst? Is Beyonce an angel we don’t deserve? Could your brow game be even stronger? YAS. Of course travel scholarships are worth it. They make meaningful travel that much more
affordable by helping you cover the pesky costs of things like:
round trip flights, housing, FOOOOOD, your new backpack. That stuff adds up quick. It’s a really great resource for students
to take advantage of because it really opens up a whole world of opportunities. You know, that way you can save your hard-earned
cash for fun stuff! Like weekend trips with new friends! Or that visit to the Van Gogh museum! You might even fall in love with a country
and decide to move there permanently. Hey! That’s how I ended up here in Namibia. Apply to travel scholarships for college students
so you can get out there and make all this fun, and life-changing stuff happen.