Why a Scholarship?
Young people need to experience the world beyond their hometown and college campus. Now, together, we can help them do so.
When you buy a Tortuga Backpack, you will “pay it forward” by funding a scholarship for students to travel and study abroad.
Some companies donate a percentage of sales to charity, but we wanted to do something more tangible. TOMS Shoes’ and Warby Parker’s “Buy One, Give One” programs were a model for us. When you shop with us, your money isn’t just going to a charity, it’s going directly to a person who will be able to study abroad thanks to you.
Travel is transformative. A simple backpacking trip to Eastern Europe inspired Jeremy and me to start Tortuga Backpacks.
One of my biggest regrets is not studying abroad in college. My chance has passed, but we can help other college students experience the world.
How It Works
We will award two scholarships per year: one for the spring semester and one for the fall semester.
The first scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a Tortuga Backpack.
Applications for the Spring 2015 semester are now open.
Students interested in studying abroad can learn more about the scholarship here. Please share the page with any college students you know.
Do you work for a study abroad program or website? Can you help spread the word about the scholarship? If so, get in touch. We’re open to ideas about how to best share and expand the scholarship program.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to sharing the winning student’s story on the blog in the future.