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The Gap Year Escape Scholarship Programme

Gap Year Escape Scholarship

Programme Details

The Gap Year Escape Scholarship Programme is designed to recognize the skills that are fundamental to successfully operating in the online business space. A scholarship of $500 will be provided to assist one promising student interested in pursuing a career in Marketing, Business, Journalism, Media or Communications related fields.


Since its launch in 2009, Gap Year Escape has played a pivotal role in providing advice, guidance and inspiration to thousands of travelers whether they are on gap years, career breaks or short backpacking trips. The growth of the website has been driven by utilizing innovative marketing techniques and an entrepreneurial motivation.


Application Deadline: July 31st, 2019


“Gap Year Escape became an outlet for my entrepreneurial drive and an arena where I could utilize the skills I had acquired from employment and university. What’s more, the business was started with an initial investment of $100! Seven years later the business has grown into a key figure in the Gap Year space. The Gap Year Escape scholarship will assist and encourage a Business or Marketing student to pursue a similar path of entrepreneurship.”


Amar Hussain, Gap Year Escape Founder


All entrants must be on a Undergraduate or Masters degree connected to the fields of Business, Marketing, Journalism, Media or Communications for the academic year 2018-2019. All applications must be made from an associated university email account and have attached proof from the university that confirms the applicant meets the set criteria. The award is open to all nationalities, provided they are enrolled at a US-based university.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to supply our judging panel with a 500 word synopsis, highlighting how they would start a business with $500. Our judges will select the most creative and compelling idea submitted. Applications will close on 11.59pm PST July 31st 2019. The successful applicant will be announced on August 10th 2019. We will only contact you or reply to submission if you are the successful applicant.

Rules & Guidelines

  • All essays submitted should be written by the entrant and be clear of any plagiarism. Applications will be checked for any signs of duplication.
  • Applicants must be able to prove they are on a Marketing, Business, Journalism, Media or Communications focused course for the 2018/19 academic year.
  • Please make sure you submit your application from your university email account and it includes the following:
    • Copy of your 500 word essay
    • Proof of student status for 2018-19 academic year.
    • Proof of enrollment onto a Marketing, Business, Journalism, Media or Communications related course.


For further information about these requirements and the Gap Year Escape scholarship programme in general please contact.

About Gap Year Escape

Gap Year Escape is an advice and inspiration portal for travelers across the globe. We want to help you escape the ordinary. We offer advice on things like buying a round the world ticket and the best travel insurance to the best backpacks. If you’re heading on a Gap Year, this is the place for you.

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