In recognition of the underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the gap year space, EnRoute Consulting is committed to providing up to three merit-based scholarships to BIPOC students each calendar year.
Selected grantees will receive a full Standard Gap Year Consulting Package, a $2350 USD value, including:
- Initial assessment to determine goals of time off and process of planning gap year
- A meeting retainer for use by students and parents to structure and clarify their plans
- Program and activity recommendations based on a personalized, extensive search of reputable opportunities in their area of interest
- Matching students with appropriate mentors in their field of activism
- Assistance in budgeting, itinerary and other logistical issues
- Pre-departure preparation assistance
While this scholarships does not include financial support to pay for gap year activities, the mentorship received will allow grantees to execute a thoughtful and meaningful itinerary that meets their budgetary requirements. If access to financial aid resources is required, we will help connect grantees to outside scholarships and funding opportunities.
Applicants should be highly motivated and adventurous, as well as able to articulate their ideas, think creatively and have a desire to grow as a leader and human being.
In keeping with the ethos of this scholarship program, EnRoute prioritizes scholarships for the industry’s least represented identity groups according the 2015 Gap Year Association National Alumni survey: Black and Indigenous students. We enthusiastically welcome considering scholarships for other Students of Color as well, including undocumented and DACAmented students.
- Must be a graduating high school senior from a school in the United States as of June 2020
- Must plan to take a full academic year of gap time between Summer 2020 – Summer 2021
- Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color)
- Must have been accepted to a university/college, have continuing education plans upon return from gap year with a plan to defer enrollment and/or scholarships
- Must be willing and able to travel to other cities and states
- Must be willing and able to spend an extended amount of time away from home
Please fill out this official application form, which will ask for:
- One essay (500 words or less) telling us about yourself and explaining your reasons for wishing to take a gap year. Include why you are seeking this scholarship.
- One essay (500 words or less) telling us about how you want to spend your gap year and what you hope to accomplish.
Creative submissions and videos are encouraged!
Deadline for applications is rolling.