Study Abroad Scholarship

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

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

The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world.

At Tortuga Backpacks, our mission is to help people take amazing trips, including students studying abroad. When customers purchase luggage from us for their trips, they are “paying it forward” by funding scholarships for students like you.

The Scholarship

The winner of the Tortuga Backpacks Scholarship will receive:

The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Funds will be sent directly to the winner's study abroad program or university. In cases where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made.

Eligibility Requirements

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

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

Please check your eligibility before applying.

Application and Award Dates

Spring 2017 Scholarship

Submit your application by December 20, 2016. The winner will be announced on January 5, 2017.

Fall 2017 Scholarship

Submit your application by May 20, 2017. The winner will be announced on June 5, 2017.

Summer and Winter Term Scholarships

We hope to make these available in the future. For now, the scholarship is limited to the Spring and Fall semesters.

How to Apply

Before applying, read all of the instructions and eligibility requirements on this page. Then, fill out the application at the bottom of this page. Only one submission per person will be accepted.

The winner will be featured on our blog, social media accounts, and alumni page.


Winners will be contacted via email. We will announce each semester's winner on the dates above via our social media accounts and on this page.

Fall 2016: Tanner from Brigham Young University who is studying abroad in Jordan.

Spring 2016:
 Blair from Florida State University who is studying abroad in England.

Fall 2015: George from the University of Akron who is studying abroad in Italy.

Spring 2015: Ashley from Otterbein University who is studying abroad in Nepal.


All written submissions become property of Tortuga Backpacks and may be posted on our website, blog, social media accounts, or elsewhere as we see fit.

You will not be added to any mailing lists by applying for the scholarship. If you are interested in Tortuga Backpacks products, you can join our newsletter here.

About Tortuga Backpacks

The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is sponsored by Tortuga Backpacks, makers of luggage and packing accessories for international travel.

Tortuga Backpacks was founded in 2010 by childhood best friends Fred Perrotta and Jeremy Michael Cohen after a backpacking trip to Eastern Europe. Read more about Tortuga Backpacks.

The Application

Apply for the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship below.

For any questions, contact us.

Thank you to our partners for their support: Studies in Australia and Volunteer Forever.

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