Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

As a student, have you always liked to study abroad and also learn more about the world by travelling around?

If yes, this is the perfect scholarship for you because Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship 2022 has covered you.

Yes, not everyone can indeed afford to travel, especially if you’re on a student budget but young people still deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses regardless.

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship of USA biannually awarded to passionate students who dream or look forward to exploring the world. Helping travelers avoid the cost and struggle of checked luggage, including students studying abroad, is the goal at Tortuga and this is done with the use of carry-on-sized travel backpacks.

Origin of the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

For the founders of Tortuga Backpacks, Fred Perrotta and Jeremy Michael Cohen, traveling abroad inspired their company. During a backpacking trip in 2009, the Tortuga founders recognized the need to streamline travel and avoid the hassle of checking luggage. The idea for carry-on-sized travel backpacks was born, and in 2010, they officially started Tortuga Backpacks.

Fred and Jeremy, childhood best friends, know that it is not always easy to find the funds for study abroad trips. In offering the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship, they help students experience more than just the college campus they are on.


To apply for the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the US on a student visa.
  • Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at a four-year, degree-granting college or university in the U.S.
  • Apply to or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for academic credit by your college or university.

Important Dates to note

As mentioned earlier, the scholarship is currently being awarded biannually (twice a year) currently. Tortuga hopes to make the Summer and Winter term scholarships available in the future, but in the meantime, the scholarship is limited to the following:

(I)  Fall 2022 Scholarship

Submit your application by April 15, 2022. The winner will be announced on April 30, 2022.

(II) Spring 2023 Scholarship

Submit your application by November 15, 2022. The winner will be announced on November 30, 2022.

Financial Benefit

The lucky winner of the Tortuga Scholarship will receive:

  • a $1,000 scholarship for studying abroad
  • one travel backpack

This scholarship check, mailed directly to the winner’s study abroad program or university, may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel.

How to Apply

  • Before applying, read all of the instructions and make sure you are eligible for this scholarship as stated on this page.
  • Fill out the application linked below. Only one submission per person will be accepted.
  • The winner will be featured on our blog, social media accounts, and alumni page.

Once you are ready for this scholarship, you can apply HERE.

Best of luck as you apply.

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