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Road Scholarship FAQs


A Road Scholarship is financial aid granted to individuals or groups of 5 or more who have been nominated by a teacher or youth group leader and who meet criteria within 5 categories: Achievement, Need, Initiative/Involvement, Service/Citizenship, and Connection. The grants are vetted and approved through the SYF Board of Trustees. 

Achievement: Accomplishment in the student/group's area of focus

Need: Financial, Cultural, Linguistic, Homelife hardship


Initiative/Involvement: Preparation financially and/or through enrichment activities


Service/Citizenship: Student citizenship within the classroom or community, Family service in military or as first-responder


Connection: Relevance to student/group's area of focus


Spring 2020
*We will only be reviewing trips taking place after September 1, 2020. 

Application Period:

February 3, 2020 - March 20, 2020
Announcement Date:
Week of April 20, 2020 *The new date is the week of June 1, 2020. 

Fall 2020

Application Period:
September 14, 2020 - October 23, 2020
Announcement Date:
Week of November 30, 2020

Spring 2021

Application Period:
January 26, 2021 - March 12, 2021
Announcement Date:
Week of April 12, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Period:
September 21, 2021 - October 29, 2021
Announcement Date:
Week of November 29, 2021

Spring 2022

Application Period:
January 25, 2022 - March 11, 2022
Announcement Date:
Week of April 11, 2022

Fall 2022

Application Period:
September 20, 2022 - October 28, 2022
Announcement Date:
Week of November 28, 2022


All Road Scholarship nominations are required to be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official for students in grades K-12 and 18 years of age or younger. Please note that the SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) will not consider nominations submitted by parents and/or guardians.


First, you must create an SYF Road Scholarship account. Click here to create an account. Then confirm your email address and return to this page and submit your application via the online process. IMPORTANT: The Road Scholarship application is ONLY available during the application period dates.


Yes, but no changes will be accepted once the nomination period is closed.


All announcements are sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. approximately 4 weeks after the application deadline. Every nomination is notified whether it was awarded a Road Scholarship or not. Please take into consideration this time frame when planning to meet trip payment deadlines. Road Scholarships can only be applied to travel costs of the specific trip indicated for the specific students nominated in the application. The results are sent to the nominator (educator, school official or group leader) and the nominator should relay the results to the parents. SYF will disclose the Road Scholarship result to parents when inquired by email.


The average Road Scholarship granted is $750. No more than $1,000 USD will be awarded to an individual nomination and no more than $5,000 USD will be awarded to a group nomination. Your nomination will not be considered if you request an award higher than the maximum award.


The number of student travel scholarships awarded depends upon the number of applications received in a given period and the general level of need in a given applicant pool. It is SYF's goal to award as many students as possible. The Road Scholarship program generally receives between 1,000 - 2,500 applications each period. At this time, SYF is only able to award approximately $100,000 per year. It is SYF's goal to increase this number each year and grow awareness of the benefits of travel. If you would like to contribute to make student/youth travel a reality, please contact us. or donate to the Road Scholarship program.


Yes! Educators nominating ONE to FOUR (1-4) students, they must submit individual nominations. If you are nominating more than FIVE (5) students, please submit a group application.


No. The SYF Board of Trustees only consider information submitted in the online application and will make a decision based on the themes presented in the application. Those themes are:

Achievement: Accomplishment in the student/group's area of focus

Need: Financial, Cultural, Linguistic, Homelife hardship


Initiative/Involvement: Preparation financially and/or through enrichment activities


Service/Citizenship: Student citizenship within the classroom or community, Family service in military or as first-responder


Connection: Relevance to student/group's area of focus


All nominators will receive an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. notifying them of the results. Be sure to whitelist or add SYF as a trusted contact, so that you may receive all of the nominations. SYF will not contact students/youth or their parents. It is the responsibility of the nominator to share the results of the application process with the nominee and his/her family. In order to facilitate this process, it is imperative that all nominators include their correct, up-to-date email address to ensure they can be contacted with results.


You will need to claim your Road Scholarship by responding with the Trip Verification letter, which is included in your Road Scholarship notification email. You must claim the scholarship funds before the deadline indicated in the Road Scholarship Award notice.

 
Yes, however Nominations are not retained from one application period to the next. It is the responsibility of the nominator to re-submit a new nomination for the student(s). Only one nomination will be accepted per student, per application period. Multiple applications by more than one educator in a given application period will not increase the chance of receiving a scholarship, and only the first application received per student per nomination period will be considered.

 
No, scholarships cannot be paid as reimbursements. All Road Scholarship funds must go directly to the organization or company responsible for organizing the trip, such as the tour operator or school. No money will be given directly to the student/youth or their families.