“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”

–Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad

$500 – 2,500

 The Mark Twain Awards for Travel support deserving students who wish to enrich their education through exposure to people and places they would otherwise not encounter. Once awarded, the funds are unrestricted and can be used towards any local or international travel of any duration. Awards range between $500-$2,500. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are strongly encouraged.

To apply, take a few seconds to create a username and password at letterbanc.com and then copy this link into your browser: http://www.letterbanc.com/submissions.  You will be asked to submit a brief 250 word statement and some additional information.  Finalists will be invited to share further details about their plans.


Any currently enrolled freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in any major

  • A graduate student in a masters, doctoral, or professional degree program
  • A recent college graduate who completed coursework less than 2 years ago
  • All applicants will be considered equally on the merits of their proposed travel regardless of affiliation or memberships

 The Mark Twain Awards are brought to you by Mortar Board, the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service since 1918, and by Letterbanc, the leading application platform for academic awards, admissions, and employment.

Best of luck with the application, and in the spirit of Mark Twain, happy travels! 

*Decisions will be made by the selection committee on a rolling basis throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.  A formal press release naming successful applicants will be released in June 2013.  The number of awardees and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and funds available.

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