The SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) established the Road Scholarship program in 2002 to award funds to youth who are unable to afford the cost of student group trips. Based on the belief that travel is essential for a complete education, it is SYF's goal to make a positive difference, through travel, in the young lives of our global citizens. Since its inception, SYF has awarded scholarships to over 7,200 deserving youth. Scholarships are awarded to nominees by the SYF Board of Trustees after reviewing applications submitted by educators, program leaders, or designated school officials. Criteria for consideration of scholarship is based on 5 anchor criteria outlined below.
THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR FALL 2021 OPENS SEPTEMBER 21, 2021.
Fall 2021 application period will be open September 21 - November 12, 2021 for trips occurring March 2022 - August 2022. Once the application period opens, there will be an application link on this page.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we are carefully evaluating scholarships due to travel restrictions. Please review the application and payment schedule below to see that you apply during the appropriate application period. Scholarship checks will be mailed out approximately one month prior to trip.
If a trip is cancelled, the school/tour operator should return the check to the SYTA Youth Foundation. If a trip is postponed and the student will still be traveling, the scholarship may be applied to the postponed trip. Scholarship awards are not transferable between students.
Nominations will be disqualified if they do not meet requirements. Please review the FAQ above to review the requirements.
Please include the date of birth of each student nominated. We can only verify ages by their date of birth.
Please refrain from indicating the tour operator company that you are traveling with.
Please refrain from including group leaders or chaperones in the student listing. We only award the students participating on the trip.
Please refrain from requesting more than the maximum award amount of $5,000.
Please refrain from requesting more than the maximum award amount of $1,000.