The American Gap Association Scholarship Program is a 501.c.3 non-profit that is designed to increase the accessibility for students to participate in a Gap Year. This is a very nascent scholarship program and functioning more in organization currently over actuality, however, the current organizational structure is being done only through large support of Rita Golden Gelman, the much heralded author of Tales of a Female Nomad and ardent supporter of Gap Years. Through her support, and that of the AGA Community, we hope to shortly be offering matching scholarships to individuals applying to take a Gap Year.
Currently the plan is to partner with Parent Teacher Associations that would then promote and encourage their student body to apply to their local PTA for a scholarship to do a Gap Year. The rules would require that the student take a modicum of ownership in their Gap Year by fundraising a portion of their Gap Year. From that point, any successful applicants to the PTA, would be winnowed down to one to two matching scholarships by the AGA. In most cases this would mean a matching grant of up to $2,500 - although we do hope to increase this as time goes on and we garner larger funding sources
Winning scholars will be selected by a highly competitive process that measures primarily a candidate's proposed Gap Year narrative, and the partnerships they've built to make such a narrative come to life. Innovation and authenticity will be hallmarks of a successful application
If you represent a local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) please feel free to inquire further about this possibility by submitting a query through the following form.: