Student trips are exciting opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom. Funding a student trip, however, may be daunting. Don’t let the cost of a trip overwhelm you—or your students and their families. Organizations and companies that believe in the power of travel to enhance education offer scholarships and grants to help cut costs. Consider these opportunities, for individual students and for classrooms.
Ripley Hunter “World is a Classroom” Essay Contest
Students who write an essay describing what they learned and how they were affected by travel could earn a $1,000 scholarship from the Student & Youth Travel Association Youth Foundation (SYF). The Ripley Hunter “World is a Classroom” Essay Contest awards students who use their creativity to compose an article or speech that illustrates a student travel experience.
The SYF Road Scholarship awards funds to youth who, for various reasons, are unable to afford the cost of student group trips. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students or groups of three or more for education or performance-related travel with their class or youth group, and are based on the applicant’s circumstances and need as documented in an application form.
Silver Lining Program
Through the Silver Lining Program, SYF grants an all-expenses-paid trip to approximately 35 students and youth, who are selected from the SYTA Annual Conference host city to travel to another part of the world.
Target Field Trip Grants
Target stores award Target Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide, to help fund learning outside the classroom. Each grant is valued at up to $700.
The Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation offers education grants supporting projects that promote STEM, including trips that incorporate STEM activities and opportunities available in destinations.
Written by Hemisphere Travel.