For the founders of Tortuga Backpacks, Fred Perrotta and Jeremy Michael Cohen, traveling abroad was the inspiration for their company. During a backpacking trip in 2009, the Tortuga founders recognized the need to streamline travel and avoid the hassle of checking luggage. This is when the idea for carry-on-sized travel backpacks was born, and in 2010, they officially started Tortuga Backpacks. Fred and Jeremy, who were childhood best friends, know that it is not always easy to find the funds for study abroad trips. In offering the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship, they help students experience more than just the college campus they are on.
Who is eligible to apply for the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship?
To apply for this study abroad scholarship, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the US on a student visa
- Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at a four-year, degree-granting college or university in the U.S.
- Have applied to or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for academic credit by your college or university
How much is this scholarship worth?
The lucky winner of the Tortuga Scholarship will receive:
- a $1,000 scholarship for studying abroad
- one travel backpack
This scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. The scholarship check is sent directly to the winner’s study abroad program or university.
When is the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship application due?
The scholarship is awarded twice a year:
For the Fall 2020 Scholarship, submit your application by April 15, 2020. The winner will be announced on April 30, 2020.
For the Spring 2021 Scholarship, submit your application by November 15, 2020. The winner will be announced on November 30, 2020.
Check out the Tortuga website for a list of winners and the amazing places they studied abroad.
Still have questions? Contact the Tortuga team here.
Best of luck, travelers!