Our $50,000 annual travel scholarship

We believe every student should have the opportunity to discover the history, culture and beauty of North America firsthand. The Explorer Scholarship is one way we help make that possible. Every year we award $50,000 worth of scholarships to select students from around the country.

Applying for this needs-based scholarship:
  1. Have your child write a brief essay (no more than 250 words) answering the question, "Why do you want to go on this EF Explore America Tour?"
  2. A parent/guardian must complete the Explorer Scholarship application.
  3. Submit the application by the deadline specified below.

Explorer Scholarship application deadline

Explorer Scholarships are awarded monthly based on the following schedule. To receive the scholarship, applicants must be enrolled on an EF Explore America tour. Winners will be notified no later than 140 days before their trip.

Tour departure month Application deadline

January 2019  July 15, 2018
February 2019  August 15, 2018
March 2019  September 15, 2018
April 2019  October 15, 2018
May 2019  November 15, 2018
June 2019  December 15, 2018
July 2019  January 15, 2019
August 2019  February 15, 2019
September 2019  March 15, 2019
October 2019  April 15, 2019
November 2019  May 15, 2019
December 2019  June 15, 2019


For groups traveling in 2020, please go on and submit your application. It will be considered. Future due dates will be updated in June of 2019.