Financial Assistance, Scholarships, and Fundraising

We want you to experience the thrill of traveling on an unforgettable adventure! We don’t want the price of the trip to be what stands in your way, and that’s why WorldStrides would like to share a few popular financial opportunities with you.

FLAG Financial Assistance

WorldStrides believes that every child, regardless of background, should have access to the benefits of educational travel. To support this vision, our team established the FLAG Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to students. This year, more than $1 million in financial assistance is available for qualifying families with an adjusted gross income (AGI) up to $85,000. Thousands of families have benefited from the need-based FLAG program after completing a confidential, simple application.

Since this opportunity is need-based and given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, don’t wait to apply! Find out more at FLAG Foundation or complete the FLAG application by calling WorldStrides Customer Service at 1-800-468-5899.


Gift of Education – Our most successful fundraising tool has helped students raise millions of dollars in small gift donations. You can raise money by posting announcements to your Facebook page, or by sending e-cards or letters to your friends and family. It’s that simple! Visit our Gift of Education website today.

Helping Hands Scholarship – Our commitment to providing educational opportunities to deserving students, as well as our employees’ belief in the educational value of student travel, combined to create the Helping Hands Scholarship. For the past ten years, WorldStrides employees have sponsored and raised money year-round through a variety of internal fundraisers. All of the funds raised, are matched by a donation from WorldStrides, and used to provide scholarships for WorldStrides DiscoverNow! participants. We also offer related funding and travel scholarship options for our Heritage Performance travelers.

SYTA Scholarship

The Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA) offers need- and merit-based scholarships for traveling students. Visit for more information on how to apply.

Learn more about other scholarship opportunities available through WorldStrides.

Student Fundraising Ideas – We have loads of great fundraising ideas for students that past travelers have shared with us. From hosting a board game tournament, to raffling tickets for a community bake-off, get the inside scoop and find helpful tips to make your fundraiser a huge success!

Grants and Other Opportunities – Groups can earn thousands of dollars towards their travel programs simply by applying for grants from local, regional, and national organizations. Although grants require some preparation, many of them are underutilized and therefore easier to attain. Learn about researching grant opportunities, how to develop a good proposal, and ideas on moving forward!

For more information and additional ideas, visit the WorldStrides Fundraising Center.