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.
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 one month prior to trip or when final payment is due.
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.
Road Scholarships will not be awarded for trips in 2020 due to COVID-19. If you applied in 2020 for a 2021 trip, your application will be reviewed during the application period below.
Road Scholarship Application Period - Trips January 2021 - July 2021
This application period is now CLOSED!
Announcements will be sent out the week of December 7, 2020.
Teachers will receive a verification form confirming the trip details and where the check should be sent. The completed form must be received by SYF prior to January 17, 2021 to confirm the scholarship payment.
Scholarship checks will be mailed out on one month prior to the trip or when final payment is due to the school or the tour operator.
Road Scholarship Application Period - Trips August 2021 - February 2022
Application Opens: February 8, 2021
Application Closes: March 29, 2021
Announcements will be sent out the week of April 16, 2021.
Teachers will receive a verification form confirming the trip details and where the check should be sent. The completed form must be received by SYF prior to May 29, 2021 to confirm the scholarship payment.
Scholarship checks will be mailed one month prior to the trip or when final payment is due to the school or tour operator.
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 your student' 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.