The guiding principle for our Financial Aid and Scholarship program is that every person should have the opportunity to experience challenge and discovery, to develop character and compassion, learn social and environmental responsibility, and discover and develop leadership skills and service ethic, regardless of financial ability.

The founders of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) committed to the idea that every student should be able to experience Outward Bound. This commitment stays with us today, and through the generous support from alumni, parents, corporations, and foundations, we will award over $400,000 in financial aid and merit-based scholarships to thousands of students; many of whom would be unable to participate in an Outward Bound program.

Scholarships for Individuals

Every summer, POBS offer three fully-funded scholarship courses: Get Out And Lead (GOAL) for students entering grades 7-9, and the Philadelphia Youth Leadership Corps (PYLC) and New Jersey Youth Leadership Corps (NJYLC) for students entering grades 10-12. Admission to these courses is highly selective and includes an application, essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. See our Merit Award Courses page for more information.

Scholarships for Veterans

In accordance with Outward Bound USA’s commitment to serve veterans, we also offer fully-funded scholarship courses for Veterans. All tuition and travel expenses are covered and any active duty service member or veteran is eligible.

Scholarships for Grieving Teens Fund

Outward Bound’s Grieving Teens courses provide respectful healing experiences in a wilderness environment, practicing personal growth methodologies and a support model that honors the griever and supports relationship building with others who share the experience. The course is possible through the generous support of The New York Life Foundation and other committed donors. All grieving teens’ courses are offered at a reduced rate, already reflected in the course tuition. Additional financial assistance, including full scholarship, is available, excluding fees and travel expenses.

Financial Aid for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Northern Delaware Area Public and Charter Schools

With support from our donors, we take students into wilderness settings to build leadership skills and meaningful peer relationships that round out their educational experience. We subsidize the tuition for our local Philadelphia, and regional public and charter schools, to bring their students a meaningful, character building group program or expedition, utilizing our proven character development curriculum. The school’s percentage of Title I financial assistance eligibility will determine the amount of financial aid. School District of Philadelphia schools automatically qualify.

Financial Aid for Individuals

We award partial tuition, need-based and merit-based financial aid awards to students attending our summer Classic Expeditions. These 8-to 14-day courses, a rite of passage for many, are unique experiences for youth to overcome challenges, develop leadership skills, experience the outdoors in a way that will have lasting impact on their lives. We are honored to make the dream of an Outward Bound course a reality for worthy youth each summer.

  • Please check yes on your application if you are in need of scholarship
  • Financial aid and scholarship is not guaranteed; all eligibility is reviewed
  • Notification of scholarship will be made by the Associate Program Director for Admissions and Medical Screening

How to Apply for a Scholarship

For questions, please contact Aisha Burrell, Associate Program Director for Admissions and Medical Screening at [email protected] or call 215.372.8929