• 2021 First Time Travelers

    The 2021 Scholarship Application has closed. Please stay tuned for information on 2022 scholarships. 

    2021 Scholarship Details 

    The wait is over! Greenheart Travel’s 2021 scholarship details are live!

    Applications open on January 15, 2021, and will close on February 15, 2021. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2021. 

    Each year Greenheart Travel provides scholarship grants to individuals who are “first-time travelers” and have the desire for travel and cultural immersion. Our First Time Traveler Scholarships are available for our adult, high school and short term programs. We encourage everyone to follow their travel aspirations, despite obstacles that may inhibit these goals.

    We want to help make travel accessible to everyone and truly believe that when you study, teach or volunteer abroad, you are embarking on a journey that will significantly impact your global perspective! That is why, along with our scholarship grants, we will offer additional support and resources for first-time travelers. 

    Let Greenheart Travel staff members tell you about the life-changing experience of traveling abroad for the first time:

  • Selection Criteria 

    The purpose of this scholarship is to give the opportunity to travel to those who have not had it before. Therefore, you should meet these requirements if you want to be considered:

    • Be a First Time Traveler*
    • Be in good standing with your high school, university, work, etc.
    • Have a desire to travel, curiously explore new cultures, and positively share your experiences with your home communities
    • Be excited to contribute content to Greenheart Travel and be a mentor to future travelers. You’ll have to submit a blog, video, and photos as part of your scholarship.

    *What is a First Time Traveler? 

    We’ll be the first to admit that this term is a bit loose here. But generally, a First Time Traveler will have no experience traveling abroad alone. It is possible that you went on a Caribbean cruise with your family, or a short school trip to Costa Rica, so we’d be accepting of you if that were your only experience abroad.

    However, it is important to us that we reach people who will be traveling abroad solo for the first time. Preference will be given to those with the least experience traveling. At the beginning of the scholarship application, you’ll need to provide a paragraph explaining your travel experience and why you consider yourself a First Time Traveler.

    What does it mean to be in good standing with my high school, university or work?

    We’ll need a recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or boss. We’re asking you to have them outline why they think you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship and why you’d be a great promoter of cultural exchange.

  • Scholarship Details

    All scholarship applicants must follow the below process.

    1. Ensure you meet your chosen program’s general eligibility requirements. These are available on each program page.
    2. You must also fill out the scholarship application (separate from the program application) by February 15th, 2021.

    You are not required to submit an application for the program as part of the scholarship application process. However, if you are planning on partaking in the program whether or not your get the scholarship, you should submit your initial application as normal to ensure you have a spot on your preferred start date. We cannot save you a spot on a specific date until we have these deposits.

    If you are chosen for the scholarship and have not formally applied by submitting a deposit, you will be required to submit your deposit within 48 hours to save your spot on your preferred start date, however, we cannot guarantee all summer start dates will still be available. If your preferred start date is full, you can change your start date. If you are unable to attend on any open start date, you will not be granted the scholarship.

    Important Information Regarding Deposits and Reimbursement:

    • ALL scholarship recipients will be required to pay an initial application fee as well as a commitment payment following acceptance to the program. Note: These fees go towards the cost of the program and are not separate.
      • High School Abroad: Initial Application Fee of $1500, Commitment Payment of $5000
      • All other programs: Initial Deposit of $300, Commitment Deposit of $300
    • Once the scholarship recipient finishes all required scholarship requirements**** (blog, reviews, video, photos, etc.) the amount owed based on scholarship amount will be refunded to the scholar.

    Documents Required to Apply 

    • The online scholarship application, which includes essay questions.
    • Introductory video (around 1 minute) – we want to get to know you! Tell us why you should receive this scholarship and why you want to travel for the first time.
    • Recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, boss, etc. (sorry – we can’t accept letters from friends and family although we know they love you!).
      • You will be able to “request” a recommendation from someone via email through our application portal.

    Recipients of scholarships for our teen-focused programs will be required to crowdsource or fundraise a small portion of their total program fee. Details will be provided upon initiating your application with us!

    ****For programs with no specific end date, such as Teach in Thailand, we’ll evaluate the terms of acceptance at the 3-month mark.

    Deadline to Apply:

    February 15, 2021

    We will announce shortly the deadline for the complete application. We will announce the recipients by March 1, 2021. The initial program deposit is due 48 hours after having received notification of being selected.

  • Teen Scholarships

    2021 Scholarships for Ages 14-18

    Program Length Program Price Total Scholarship Amount Amount You’ll be responsible for
    High School Abroad Spain 1 Semester (fall or spring) $11,920 $5,920 $6,000
    High School Abroad Argentina 1 academic year $11,230 $4,410 $6,820
    Teen Language Camp Italy 3 weeks $3,650 $750 $2,900
    Teen Language Camp Germany 4 weeks $4,330 $1,330 $3,000
    Teen Language Camp Canada 1 week $1,840 $840 $1,000
    Teen Language Camp Canada 3 weeks $3,550 $1,550 $2,000
    Teen Language Camp Costa Rica – Language & Culture 2 weeks $3,910 $1,910 $2,000
    Teen Language Camp Costa Rica – Leadership  2 weeks $3,310 $1,310 $2,000


  • Adult Scholarships

    2021 Scholarships for Ages 18+

    Program Length Program Price Total Scholarship Amount Amount You’ll be responsible for
    (2) Teach Abroad Thailand 4 week TESOL + Placement $2,490 $1,490 $1,000
  • Terms of Acceptance

    Scholarship recipients will become Greenheart Travel content creators! We want to showcase your experience and program! As part of your scholarship, you will be required to create the following for Greenheart Travel:

    1. Recipients will submit 1 video highlighting or telling a story about your time abroad. Guidelines will be provided.
    2. Recipients will write 1 blog post about their program and experience of at least 1,000 words.
    3. Recipients will submit 10 high-resolution photos to Greenheart Travel of their time abroad.
    4. Recipients will complete the Greenheart Travel Atlas cultural training packet.
    5. Recipients will agree to be a mentor for new travelers after their program.
    6. Recipients will leave a review on GoOverseas.com and GoAbroad.com after the end of their program. Link to be provided by Greenheart Travel.
    7. Recipients of scholarships for our teen-focused programs will be required to crowdsource or fundraise a small portion of their total program fee. Details will be provided upon initiating your application with us!
  • FAQs

    Can I apply for multiple Greenheart Travel scholarships?

    No, you can only submit one scholarship application per scholarship cycle.

    Do I need to apply for the program at the same time that I apply for the scholarship?

    Yes, in order to be considered for the scholarship, you need to submit an active application for the program at the same time. They can be submitted simultaneously or in sequence with one another.

    You are not required to submit a deposit or any money to apply for the scholarship, but we do need a completed application with all of your details on file to award you a scholarship.

    If you plan to do your program even if you are not awarded the scholarship, we HIGHLY recommend submitting deposits and applying as normal – as not to disrupt your program timeline.

    How many people usually apply for Greenheart Travel’s scholarships?

    We have a limited number of scholarships and each year we receive anywhere from 40-150 scholarship applications.

    Does Greenheart Travel have other financial aid?

    We do not offer other forms of financial aid at this time. We do offer a guide for fundraising. Many past participants have had success using these resources, including Jaime who wrote a wonderful blog about her unique fundraising efforts.

    If I find a scholarship from another organization outside of Greenheart Travel, can I apply it to my program fee?

    Yes! We welcome you to find funding opportunities from all over, and we can accept scholarship credit from other organizations, foundations or from fundraising efforts.


    What should be in the letter of recommendation? 

    We’ll be asking them to outline why they think you’d be a good candidate for the scholarship and why you’d be a great promoter of cultural exchange.

    You will have the ability to input your recommenders email into our application portal, and they can log into your application and provide a recommendation.

    Can I still apply for the scholarship if I want to go in Spring 2022?

    If you are applying to study abroad as high school student, yes. All other scholarships are only for the 2021 calendar year.

    The high school abroad scholarship we award in 2021 will be applicable to a Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 program. We award scholarships in winter for the entire following academic year.

    Can I apply for the scholarship even if I’ve already applied for a program?

    Yes! There is no problem if you’ve already submitted your  application and still want to apply for the scholarship.

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