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31 May, 2019   |   

22 Scholarships & Grants for Your Semester Off from College

Group of young women in the cast of Up with PeopleTaking a semester off to travel, volunteer and perform in Up with People is an extremely exciting time in a person’s life. Getting ready to hop on a plane to a new destination where you will impact people from different countries all over the world is priceless.

However, any gap year program will come at a cost. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for financial aid, grants and scholarships to help pay for your travels.

We recently shared a post for parents who are looking to help save money on our study abroad program through tax forms and savings accounts. You can get full details here.

Tax deductions on educational tuition is just one way to help slim the costs down. Students and potential cast members can apply for dedicated scholarships and grants directly through Up with People. In fact, thanks to the generosity of our many donors, we are able to give students 22 different means of financial aid for the Up with People On Tour program throughout the year.

Dedicated Scholarships

Below is a full list of potential dedicated scholarships that are available at different times throughout the year. Because these scholarships fluctuate each semester, you’ll want to get in touch with one of our Admissions Advisors first. They will help guide you through our application process and see which scholarships are available during the semester you are applying for.

  • Anna Ftorek Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Bill Busche Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Bill Holmes Legacy Scholarship Fund
  • Cast E 1981 Global Citizenship Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Cast E 1988 Legacy Fund
  • Diana Mynes Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Dorte “Dee” Ronne and Deborah De Vlam Memorial Scholarship
  • F James McDonald Family Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Gaby Bedolla Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Jan Abraham Kane Scholarship Fund
  • Jerry and Martha Jarrett Scholarship Fund
  • Kenny Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Marc Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Makan Diarra Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Paul Whitaker Scholarship Fund
  • UWPIAA Endowed Scholarship Fund

Young women from cast of Up with People in MexicoUp with People Scholarships

The best part about a scholarship is that it acts like free money. It is received based upon certain merit or financial criteria and there is no obligation to pay it back. Merit can be considered as individuals who are excelling in performing arts, leadership, diversity or a uniqueness the applicant has that would enhance the cast experience.

General Up with People Scholarships are available to any cast member who has already been accepted into the Up with People On Tour program in need of financial support. You can find a full list of scholarship details here along with application requirements.

Applications for all scholarships for the Up with People On Tour program are a one-stop-shop application. Once your application is complete, it is brought to our Scholarship Committee and is awarded to the person that best fits the criteria of each scholarship.

Up with People Grants

Grants are very similar to scholarships. They are also a means of ‘gift aid,’ which essentially is money that does not need to be repaid. The main difference is while a scholarship is usually primarily based on merit, grants are based upon either merit or the financial need of the applicant.

Program grants offered by Up with People are available to all incoming cast members who are registered to travel. These options have more specific criteria for applicants in order to assist those from other countries and regions that may have a more difficult time financially affording the program. You can speak with one of our Admissions Counselors by emailing for more details.

  • African American
  • Native American
  • Latin American
  • African Nations
  • Kosovo Citizen

There are plenty of other ways to afford traveling in the Up with People program. Through reaching out to your social media networks, heading up a local fundraiser or getting a second job, there is always a way to make your dream a reality. If you are interested in learning more about fundraising opportunities, you can download our free fundraising resource guide online.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or grant, please contact


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