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    ABA Diversity Scholarships

    Offered by American Bus Association

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Mar 26, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    $5,000

    Grade level

    College & Graduate Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    April 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you planning on working in the travel, transportation, or tourism sector and are part of a group that is underrepresented in the industry? If so, consider applying for the ABA Diversity Scholarships! Each year, the scholarships award $5,000 to diverse applicants who demonstrate a passion for the travel industry. Applicants must have a declared major in a field related to the travel and tourism industries. However, since that may include anything from accounting to hospitality, we urge you to not rule yourself out because of your major. 

    If you’re part of a group or demographic that is underrepresented in the travel, transportation, or tourism sectors, we encourage you to apply for the ABA Diversity Scholarships!

    About American Bus Association

    The American Bus Association is the “most trusted motorcoach, group tour and travel association in the industry.” 

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students that are underrepresented in the transportation and travel sectors. This may include being from a culture, socioeconomic background, nationality, ethnic group, race, or age group that is uncommonly seen in the industry. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

    Grade Level

    College & Graduate Students

    Minimum GPA

    3

    Race/Ethnicity

    Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African, Hispanic/Latino, Native American

    Academic Interest

    Food Service/Hospitality, Business, Accounting, Hospitality Management, Travel/Tourism

    Other Category

    Low Income, Adult

    Miscellaneous

    Applicants must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the travel and tourism industry.

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials.

    500-word essay

    Academic transcript

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact American Bus Association at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    No, the ABA Diversity Scholarships is not renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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