Professional Educator's Assistance Recognition (PEAR) Scholarship

As the nation's largest educational travel institution for older adults, Road Scholar is proud to announce a unique opportunity for past and present educators to take part in one of their Road Scholar travel programs.

Road Scholar was founded by two education administrators, David Bianco and Marty Knowlton, and nearly half of the participants were, or are currently, in the field of education. Though being an educator is one of the noblest callings, unfortunately in today's world, the financial reward educators receive doesn't come close to matching the value they provide society. That is why, with the generous support of donors, the Road Scholar program has created a special kind of assistance specifically for active and retired educators, the "Professional Educator's Assistance Recognition" scholarship - or "PEAR" for short.

Who is eligible to receive this scholarship?

If you are over 50 years of age, are currently working in or have retired from any educational organization or system and are facing financial barriers preventing you from participating in a Road Scholar program, you are eligible to apply. Visit the Road Scholar website for a full list of eligible fields, departments, and roles. 

How does is work?

Financial assistance is available for programs in the United States and Canada that cost no more than $1,400. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their round-trip transportation to and from the program. Road Scholar takes care of everything else - lodging, meals, field trips, transportation during the program, it's all included. For more information or to apply online, visit 

Road Scholar’s Financial Aid Committee happily accepts fully completed applications mailed to the address listed on the application form or submitted online. The review of an application takes 4-6 weeks once it has been received by the committee; applications are reviewed in the order that they are received and cannot be expedited. Therefore, please ensure that you are submitting this application early enough to allow time to enroll and make your travel arrangements after you receive your award letter. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your selected program start date.