Since August of 2016, we’ve awarded over 36 micro scholarships to aspiring travel bloggers, photographers, journalists or anyone who need a little spending money while they are abroad!! We want YOU to be the next recipient.
To pay for our scholarships, we self-fund and use income generated from sponsorships, display networks and affiliate links on our website and Instagram.
Who is this scholarship for?
Aspiring travel bloggers, photographers, journalists or anyone who need a little spending money while they are abroad. As of now, our $150, $50 and $25 micro-scholarships aren’t going to cover your whole tuition. But, they CAN help you travel Tokyo, stay longer at the hostel, cover your overnight bus travel etc.
Do I have to be a student currently?
No you don’t. Just be a traveler that shares our core belief that travel abroad makes for a more empathetic and thus better world.
I'm an international student on an F, M or J visa, am I eligible?
Yes, this micro scholarship is not remuneration (payment for work) of any kind. However, to be extra safe, click here to send a pre-filled email to your school’s administrators.
How much can I win? What’s in It for me?
For now, you can win $150 dollar, $50 or $25 micro-scholarship every two months in 3 easy steps. As we grow, we hope to increase the frequency and amount.
Be the first to know about new scholarships.
MOST importantly, your writings will HELP OTHERS. In a perfect world, we would all have the freedom and funds to travel. Your personal essays will let someone feel the experience and learn from it, the way you have.
How do I apply?
Whip up 1000 of your own words on one of the below topics or choose your own topic. Be sure to include an interesting anecdote in the title!
“Why I Chose To Travel To [X].” example: (Soak in the bubbly goodness): Why I chose to travel (Iceland)
“Embracing The Oops In [X].” example: (Remember to buy duct tape): Embracing the oops in (Serbia)
“Why It Sucks To Leave [X].” example: (How can the bus be THIS late!!): Why it sucks to leave (Osaka)
Choose your own title!
**Before you submit, have a friend look over your essay, use your school’s free editing services or simply use Microsoft Word or the Grammarly chrome extension to review your work **
Tweet it, comment on it, share it, dm the link. The more people see your article, the more exposure YOU will get as a writer, and the better chance you will get to win!
Our winners will be the 3 essays that accumulate the most engagement. Engagement is pageviews, shares and comments. In the case of a tie, the Rakbo editorial staff determines which finalist will receive 1st 2nd and 3rd place scholarhips based on their content, quality of writing, clarity of thought and creativity. We announce winners every two months via our instagram and newsletter. Make sure to keep an eye out!
So why is Rakbo doing this?
The co-founders share a belief that experience abroad – the learning of empathy of other cultures – makes the world a better place. We were supported by the travel community when we traveled and now are paying it forward with these micro-scholarships and our blogs. Our scholarships and giveaways will grow as we do as a company so please like and follow us so more people know.
How will I know if I am in the running? You’ll at least let me know right?
Due to the volume of submissions, it’s difficult for us to message everyone. We encourage you to turn on post notifications for our instagram.com/team.rakbo and subscribe for scholarship updates. If you don’t see your submission on our site within 30 days, -thank you for your submission, but it’s likely you didn’t make the cut. After 30, you can email us at [email protected] just to make sure.
How will I know if I won?
We announce winners every two months via our instagram and in our low frequency newsletter. Make sure to subscribe.
Can I apply more than once? Can I win more than once?
Apply as often as you like. Just remember in life quality often trumps quantity. You can win ONE prize per cycle. You can not win in two consecutive cycles.
Do I have to jump through a million hoops to get my money?
No, we will send it to you via Paypal or Venmo within days of winning. You or your parents or a trusted friend will need to create an account on one of those platforms if you don’t have one.
Where is Rakbo’s money coming from? Is there a hidden agenda?
Our co-founders use their own wages to cover the majority of operating expenses and scholarships at Rakbo. We also generate income from sponsorships, display networks and affiliate links on our website and Instagram . We are not affiliated with any religious organizations or shadowy recruiting cells.
Could you give some examples of the Rakbo voice?
Sure, here are a few articles that will give you a feel.
- Turn Your Cultural Appropriation Into Cultural Appreciation
- Manage Stress And Ace Midterms In Ten Steps
- Baerista: Why Your Barista Is Your One True Bae While Studying Abroad
- Traveling Helped Me Understand My Privilege
- Ask Yourself These Questions Before Studying Abroad
What will you do with my essay? Do you have legal disclaimer?
By entering, you’re agreeing to let us publish your work and we’ll make sure you get credit. More information about that and other contest information in our legal disclaimer
How do I report plagiarism?
If you see an article that looks plagiarized please email us immediately.
We do not condone content theft in any form but we realize mistakes can happen. We’re real people so please just talk to us first. Here’s an incredibly detailed legal disclaimer on that and other matters.
So now that you know how to win, what are you waiting for? 🙂 We here at Rakbo look forward to your submissions
It’s amazing that whilst international students are from all across the world and study in so many incredible places, we all have one thing that connects us which is the fact that we are all studying abroad and that is special. And what is even more special is that because of Rakbo international students have somewhere where they can feel like they’re part of a community regardless of where in the world they are from/are. If you’re in need of advice, ideas on how to make the most of your experience, or even just reassurance that there are others in the same position as you, Rakbo offers that. The Rakbo community is very unique and special and I am so happy I get to be a part of it.
I discovered Rakbo out of the blue through Instagram and I was so glad I did. Being abroad can be quite lonely at times and having Rakbo was an incredible relief as I felt I had a community where we could share stories about the many similar experiences we are having and interactions with locals which can sometimes be awkward, but make a great story as Rakbo has proven. Additionally, it has furthered my curiosity for the world and all it holds as I read about all the adventures of the fellow bloggers and add to my ever-growing bucket list. Rakbo forces me to reflect and therefore appreciate all my experiences and at the same time, laugh about all the little mishaps which inevitably happen abroad.