INSPIRE. EMPOWER. EDUCATE.

GEOGRAPHY OF HOPE IS COMMITTED TO THE BELIEF THAT ALL STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION, SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN LIFE-CHANGING EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL EXPERIENCES AT A DEVELOPMENTALLY IMPORTANT TIME IN THEIR LIVES. 

 

Geography of Hope is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for low-income middle and high school-aged students to participate in summer enrichment, experiential travel programs. 

 

OUR MISSION

is to inspire and educate teens to be future leaders, by providing life-changing travel and outdoor experience to the underserved. We believe that life-changing experiential education can be the first step in breaking the endemic cycle of poverty. We provide trip participants the opportunity to imagine a more expansive future; to discover that they have the power to broaden their horizons, create a new story and grow as individuals and leaders to improve their lives and communities. 

OUR VISION.

We are making our youth stronger, safer and better prepared for life. We are revitalizing communities and cities and making the future brighter for the next generation. 

OUR HOPE.

Envision a world where all children grow up with a deep understanding of the natural world. A world where children are inspired and excel academically through innovative education in the outdoors, serving others and the world; where the power and beauty of the natural world stimulates learning and creative, hybrid minds. Imagine a world where every child regardless of race or economic status or gender or sexual identity has the opportunity to create and be a part of this larger world.

 

Geography Of Hope Application

To apply for financial aid to join a life changing summer program, click here. Please note we currently are updating our 2017 summer application. 

 

Rachel G. Smylie Memorial scholarship

The Smylie Family has established the Rachel G. Smylie Memorial Scholarship to support students who wish to travel to Tanzania, to experience Africa’s beauty and bounty, and to provide service to others. Rachel’s family hopes that, in this way, her memory will live on through travelers who share her journey. Learn more about Rachel, her work and her life.

 

Tim Schaffer Scholarship Fund

Tim Shaffer’s family established the Tim Schaffer Scholarship Fund to support students who wish to travel and experience the world, while also serving the environment and underrepresented youth. We celebrate his life and work by providing funds to future student travelers, and giving them the opportunity to help change the world. 

 

Augustine Carnell Memorial SCHOLARSHIP 

Jim and Donna Stein established the Augustine Carnell Memorial Scholarship to honor Auggie's life and memory. Augustine was an Explorer Scout in the UK and would have approved strongly of the idea of helping other youngsters experience the great outdoors. 

 

 

Geography of Hope scholarships receipents participate in trips run by The Road Less Traveled. Learn more about all the amazing The Road Less Traveled programs.