The 2017 submission deadline for the 2017-2018 cycle was June 2, 2017. Thank you for entering! We received a record-breaking number of submissions this year, and our Student Ambassadors will be announced on June 15!


Prospective USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassadors must:

  • plan to take gap time between May 2017-May 2018

  • participate with at least one USA Gap Year Fairs Keystone Program or Advisor (see list below)

  • agree to share a reflection of their gap year experience with the public


Why you want to take a gap year? What would taking a gap year mean to you? What do you hope to do, see, learn, or accomplish during your gap time?

We want to know!

Tell us a story.  Send us a video.  Write a song.  Craft a recipe.  Be creative.

Any questions or supportive materials (i.e. images, videos, audio, etc.) can be emailed to with the subject line “2017 SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST” by June 2nd at noon EST. Please include your name, phone number, and hometown in the body of  your email.

Winners will be announced in July.


Academic Programs International (API)

The Academy at Watkinson

African Leadership University

Amigos de las Americas


Art History Abroad

Australian Working Adventures/Visitoz

Camp Eagle & Glorieta Camps (Walkabout Gap Year)

Carpe Diem Education

Center for Interim Programs*


Cross-Cultural Solutions

Dynamy Internship Year

Eastman Immersion

EF International Language Centers

Enroute Consulting*

Expedition Education Institute

The Experiment in International Living


Hellenic Studies in the Arts

HMI – High Mountain Institute

International School for Earth Studies

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Irish Gap Year

Leadership Excellence & Discipleship School (LEADS)

The Leap

LEAPNOW: Transforming Education


National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Ocean Passages

Outward Bound

Oyster Worldwide

Pacific Discovery

RIDGE Mountain Academy

Rustic Pathways


Taylor the Gap*

Thinking Beyond Borders

Tivnu: Building Justice

Venture Semester – VYCC

Where There Be Dragons

Winterline Global Skills Program

Youth International

*Advisors – Gap year advisors and consultants work one-on-one with students and families.  If a student is working with a USA Gap Year Fairs advisor, they are not required to participate in a USA Gap Year Fairs Keystone Program.

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