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

At Tortuga, our mission is to help you live on your terms, 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 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 Study Abroad Scholarship, you must:

Please check your eligibility before applying.

Important Dates

Spring 2019 Scholarship

Submit your application by December 20, 2018. The winner will be announced on January 5, 2019.

Fall 2019 Scholarship

Submit your application by May 20, 2019. The winner will be announced on June 5, 2019.

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 linked below. Only one submission per person will be accepted.

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

Apply for the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship.

For any questions, contact us.


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 2018

Emily from the University of Mississippi who is studying abroad in Morocco.

Spring 2018

Will from Harvard University who is studying abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Fall 2017

Brianna from Indiana University who is studying abroad in Lima, Peru.

Spring 2017

Melissa from St. John's University who is studying abroad in Rome, Seville, and Paris.

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 and may be posted on our website, blog, social media accounts, or elsewhere as we see fit.

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About Tortuga

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is sponsored by Tortuga.

Tortuga 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.