WorldStrides’ employees are committed to giving every student the opportunity to travel with us to amazing destinations. That’s why we work hard each year to raise money for the Helping Hands Scholarship, now available for students traveling with both our Discoveries and OnStage programs. Funds for these scholarships are raised by employees through year-round fundraisers and events such as raffles, bake sales, talent shows, cupcake wars, and taco lunches. Those funds are then matched by WorldStrides. Keep reading to learn more about how this special scholarship works.

Helping Hands – Discoveries

For our Discoveries programs Helping Hands scholarship, Program Leaders nominate deserving students who are struggling with a hardship or special circumstances, and display a genuine interest in learning and their community. Full and partial scholarships are awarded by a committee of WorldStrides employees.

Applications for the Discoveries Helping Hands scholarship for spring 2018 travels are open now! To submit a student for consideration, email your Account Manager for more details on the application process. The deadline is November 17. Winners will be notified on December 5.

Helping Hands – OnStage

The success of the Helping Hands scholarship over more than a decade has inspired WorldStrides to expand the program to our OnStage programs participants! Students traveling to a festival, bowl game, parade, or on a custom performing program – domestic or international! – can apply for the OnStage Helping Hands Scholarship.

The first round of applications for festivals and custom performing programs traveling in spring 2018 is due Wednesday, November 1. Scholarships will be awarded to students who best demonstrate an investment in and dedication to their performing discipline, who have financial need, and who show exceptional character. For this program, both a student and their director need to fill out an application to complete the process. Applicants have the opportunity to attach videos, audio files, etc. to augment their applications!

Other Financial Aid and Fundraising Solutions

WorldStrides’ commitment to making programs accessible goes well beyond the Helping Hands program. Our FLAG program awards more than $2 million in aid each year. In addition to scholarships and aid, our most successful fundraising tool, the Gift of Education, is perfect for this time of year! Students can send e-cards to family and friends, share their trip on Facebook, or send letters through traditional mail to raise funds for their trip. You can also download our fundraising guide for fundraising ideas and more, no matter what type or program you’re going on.

Learn more on our Fundraising website!