Travel Grant

A scholarship awarded to passionate high school hackers in need, giving them the opportunity to attend the best high school hackathons.

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Here's the story.

In summer 2018, we organized Hack Chicago, the Midwest's largest high school hackathon to-date.

We're lucky. Since then, we've had the opportunity to experience dozens of fascinating student-run events like Hack Cincinnati, HackPenn and Windy City Hacks. But not everyone is that lucky, and not every high school hackathon can afford to provide travel aid.

We're here to help. Fill out an application, tell us your story, and we'll cover your travel expenses to get you to the best high school hackathons in the nation.

By students, for students.

Travel Grant is funded by a number of student-led high school hackathons with their excess sponsorship after the event.
Want to join us on our mission to support more students around the country? Let's get in touch.

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There're no restrictions, no prerequisites, and no complicated forms. Answer a few questions, give us some time to review, and you'll be on your way to one of the best weekends of your life.

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We typically respond to applications within 3 days.

Who can apply?

Any middle or high school student in need of travel assistance can apply for Travel Grant. Due to resource limitations, we're not able to provide support for college students.

How much money do I get?

Enough to cover your round-trip transportation to the event. In certain cases, we might offer partial coverage for your trip, but we will certainly support you to the maximum of our ability.

How will I book my travel?

Once you're accepted, you can book your travel (we'll send you the terms upon acceptance). We'll reimburse the cost after the event. If you can't front the money, let us know, and we'll book the travel for you.

Is there an interview?

Yes! But don't be stressed out. After we review your application, one of our team members will reach out to you for an interview. We just want to chat with you to get to know you better before we make our final call.

How early should I apply?

At least 4-5 weeks before the event. To try to provide support for as many students as we possibly can, we tend to avoid booking travel on short notice. However, if your transportation cost does not increase with time — train, bus, etc., you may apply slight later. You can always fill out your application as early as you wish!

When will I receive the grant?

After the event, we will ask you to submit some form of reflection to us. The reflection can be in the form of a blog post, a video, a collection of pictures, and your project. The reflection will be shared with the event team, and we'll reimburse you via check as soon as we receive the reflection.

Which events can I go to?

Any high school hackathon that you're admitted to. Check with the hackathon first — they might be able to cover your travel already!

I have more questions...

Shoot us an email! [email protected] is the best address to reach us.

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