Global Travel Scholarship

​​After a temporary pause due to COVID-19, we’re excited to announce the return of our Global Travel Scholarship program!


The Global Travel Scholarship provides a small number of scholarships to selected high school students in grades 9-11 with financial need to participate in a summer program abroad through World Learning’s The Experiment in International Living. The Global Travel Scholarship covers all program fees (activities, lodging, food, etc.), domestic and international flights, health and accident insurance, and passport and visa fees.


Programs last three to five weeks and involve a combination of host family stays, language training, community service, and outdoor adventures. Since 2004, we have sent 134 students to more than 20 countries including Argentina, Australia, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, and Thailand.


The Global Travel Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship for high school students who have never traveled abroad before and would not be able to do so without a scholarship. The scholarship covers passport costs, all flights, and program expenses.


Am I Eligible To Apply?

In order to be eligible for the Global Travel Scholarship, students must:

-Be students in grades 9-11 (high school seniors are not eligible)

– Live in the Pittsburgh area

Have not traveled outside of the United States or Canada, except in the case of immigrants or refugees to the United States who have lived abroad

-Would not be able to travel without a scholarship


Watch a recording of our virtual information session on YouTube to learn more. 


The first round of applications will be due by Friday, December 10 at 5:00PM EST.

If you are selected for Phase 2 of the application process, the Council will cover the cost for you to obtain a passport whether or not you are selected to travel abroad with a Global Travel Scholarship.



Questions? Contact Director of Youth Programming Kathleen Newell at


“The Global Travel Scholarship program gets you ready for the real world in ways that one, you will be nervous about and two, you won’t be ready for, but that’s what makes it exciting.”

– Anicet Mundumdu, Global Travel Scholar to South Africa