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2018 Scholarships and Grants to Help Pay for Student Travel


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Teachers who lead school trips want to make sure every child has access to the opportunity, which means being resourceful when it comes to finding financial support.


These 2018 scholarship and grant opportunities can help you raise the money needed for your next student travel experience.


SYF Road Scholarship



NationsClassroom is an active member of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA). We are happy to support its Student Youth Foundation (SYF), which offers Road Scholarships each year to travelers who, for various reasons, are unable to afford the cost of student group trips.


The average Road Scholarship is $750, with a maximum award of $1,000 given to an individual, and up to $5,000 awarded to a group nomination.  


Based on the belief that "travel is essential to a complete education," the Foundation strives to make a positive difference in young lives through travel. Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant's circumstances and need as documented in an application form that is available on the Foundation's website during the application period. 


The 2018 Spring Road Scholarship Application period will open on Thursday, February 1 through March 16, 2018. The Application will become available during this time. 


Application Period                                         Announcement Date

February 1, 2018 - March 16, 2018                 The week of April 16, 2018


Looking ahead...

October 1, 2018 - November 16, 2018             The week of December 10, 2018
February 4, 2019 - March 15, 2019                  The week of April 15, 2019


All Road Scholarship nominations must be submitted by an educator, program leader, or designated school official or program leader for students under the age of 18 and in grades K-12. Please note that nominations submitted by parents and/or guardians will not be considered. 


Please visit the SYTA Youth Foundation site for more details.



Civil War Trust Scholarships


Civil War Trust.pngThe Civil War Trust's field trip grants allow K-12 educators to take students on educational tours to historic sites with curricular connections to the Civil War, War of 1812, and Revolutionary War battlefields. Approved applicants can receive up to $1,500 in funding to be applied to transportation to and from the site(s), guide fees, meals, and admissions to the historic sites.


Believing strongly that "battlefields are outdoor classrooms," the Trust awards funds to support field trips to “truly unique locations for education, commemoration, and contemplation,” including Gettysburg, Yorktown, and other sites along the historic East Coast.


Application Period                                                 Announcement Date

Year round, at least one month prior to traveling.    Within two weeks of submission.


Current K-12 educators are eligible to apply for field trip funding on behalf of the school or district. Funds are disbursed after completion of the trip, and the submission of all necessary forms, receipts, and thank you cards, which are a requirement in exchange for the Trust’s funding.


The decision making process for approvals and funding are impacted by the school's financial need, the number of students participating, the certitude of teacher plans, battlefield-centric experiences offered, planned activities, as well as the availability of funds.


More information about the Civil War Trust can be found online.


Target Field Trip Grants™ 

Target believes "some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom." To help students afford "once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences through field trips," Target awards approximately 1,800 grants to K-12 schools nationwide each year, valued up to $700 per award. 
Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.


Application Period                                         Announcement Date

August 1 - October 1, 2018                             December 2018


To apply, school staff must be able to provide a learning experience for students away from the school campus. Applicants must be an education professional, at least 18 years old, and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the United States that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status. 


More details can be found on the Target Field Trip Grants™ page.



Voya Unsung Heroes Award Program®


Voya Unsung Heroes.pngFrom digital storytelling to community showcases, many school trip leaders require students to complete innovative projects based on their educational travel experiences, making the Voya Unsung Heroes grant worth considering. The funds are awarded to K-12 educators to support the use of teaching methods and techniques that build connections and improve student learning.


Project proposals are judged based on their innovation, creativity, and the ability to positively influence students, which is certainly the case for projects related to school trips to popular learning destinations like Washington, D.C., New York, and other educational stops along the historic East Coast.


Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000.


Application Period                                         Announcement Date

Now through April 30, 2018                             June 30, 2018


Additional information is available on the Voya Unsung Heroes page.



Meaningful Student Travel Destinations


For information about meaningful student travel opportunities, please Browse Our Tours or contact us for additional information.


The School Trip Blog offers a wealth of resources for educational trip leaders. For more ideas related to school trip funding, you may be interested in 15 Great Ways for Kids to Raise Money for a School Trip. 




Topics: How to Pay for Student Trips

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