Open Your Mind on the Open Road Grant
Must be 18+ prior to travel
Must have clean record (criminal)
Valid driver's license
Senior at a Montana high school
Scholarship recipient(s) will receive a $3,000 Visa gift card to be used for a road trip of their choice. The trip allows for up to four individuals. It must last between seven and 14 days and any money not spent at the conclusion will be surrendered back to the scholarship fund. Money may not be spent on drugs, alcohol, tobacco or firearms. Recipients will be responsible for their own transportation which can be funded through the award money. Scholarship organizers will not be responsible for any damage to personal vehicles.
There's another caveat. Recipients will receive a list of tasks or activities that push them outside of their comfort zone. The recipients must complete at least six of their choosing. The list includes but is not limited to:
Perform an act of community service
Visit a national park
Sleep in a tent
Go to a music festival
Do something that scares you
Eat something weird
Have a meal with a stranger
Pay it forward (pay for meal, coffee, etc. for someone else)
Wake up before the sun rises
Stay up until the sun rises
Do something spontaneous
Break one of your own rules
Write a poem
Go 24 hours without looking at an electronic device (except to text scholarship director)
Use an atlas to get to a destination
Ask someone for directions
Take public transportation
Visit a college campus
Drive only on two-lane roads for an entire day, no interstates
Invent your own road trip game
Read a road trip book
Send your grandmother or mom daily postcards
Take time to breath in the smell and to see the sights and sounds of life
*Grant recipients will also be required to check in with grant director at the end of each day via text message.
Fill out the form below and upload your submission making sure to include the required information below.
Send a short bio including your name, school and post-high school plans, including what you like to do for fun and a little about your ambitions. In addition, tell us why you're destined to take this road trip. This can be in the form of written or video essay. Applicants can lay out what trip you would take, where you would go and which tasks you would choose. Or, you can leave it a surprise. The rule is there are no rules regarding your application. Wow us! Show us a seize-the-day attitude that will ensure this trip changes your life. We want to make sure this is something you never forget.
All applications must be submitted by May 1st, 2018. Travel must be between June 15 and August 30, 2018.