INSPIRE. EMPOWER. EDUCATE.

GEOGRAPHY OF HOPE FOUNDATION 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. 

OUR MISSION.

Our mission at Geography of Hope, a tax exempt 501(c)(3), is to teach and nurture hope for some of our country’s most underserved students. We believe that life-changing experiential education is the first step in breaking the endemic cycle of poverty. We teach students how to dream. By imagining their own future, students discover that they have the power to broaden their horizons, break the cycle, 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.

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 has 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. Learn more about Geography of Hope, his work, and his life of teaching and conservation.

Augustine Carnell Memorial SCHOLARSHIP 

Jim and Donna Stein have 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. To learn more about the Auggie's life and his scholarship visit Geography of Hope

Learn more about The Road Less Traveled Programs.