At AllTheRooms, we are passionate about travel. In fact, we are travel fiends. We understand the benefits of travel and we find it an important supplement to any education. But not everyone has the means or opportunity to travel, that’s why we’re are offering a study abroad scholarship to any student enrolled in, or have plans to enroll in a study abroad program. To be eligible for this scholarship, submit a 600-800 word essay on what inspires you to travel and what you stand to gain from your study abroad experience. We will announce a scholarship winner prior to the start of 2018 Fall Semester.
• 600-800 word essay in PDF
• Must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. university
• In your essay, please include your name, email address, and university you’re currently enrolled in
Prize: Winning essay receives a $1,000 to be used for their study abroad costs.
Deadline: August 1, 2018
2017 Winner: Armon Tawakalzada, Virginia Tech, Class of 2019
We’d like to announce Armon Tawakalzada as the winner for our first annual study abroad scholarship, the Room to Travel Study Abroad Scholarship. Applicants are encouraged to submit for next year’s scholarship.
In Armon’s words, travel is about fostering “human connections in order gain a better, more realistic understanding of the world,” and it is his background that gives him such a worldly perspective.
Armon Tawakalzada is a third-year student at Virginia Tech where he is studying Business Information Technology with plans to join the workforce immediately after college. Armon is a first-generation Afghan-American who felt the effects of poverty early on. His family was forced to move to a lower income area while Armon was in the midst of the most formative years of his life in high school. From that point forward, Armon made a vow to never be at the mercy of his income. This vow drove him to develop a work ethic that he carries with him to this day, and a level of compassion inherited from his experience.
Like most young adults, Armon spends his free time watching television and playing sports with his friends. However, he stands out in that he also volunteers his time to organizations like the Blacksburg Refugee Partnership and Virginia Tech’s Society of Indian Americans.
Armon will receive $1,000 to be used towards a future study abroad program, where he will study management. All the while living out his belief that “every moment with another human being is the opportunity to change your life—and theirs—for the better.”
Congratulations, Armon. AllTheRooms is eager to see the impact you make on the world.