OPEN ARMS: BROADENING ACCESS TO OVERLAND
All year long, our admissions team works closely with families to find the right fit for their children, and in doing so we often meet families for whom an Overland trip would not be possible without financial aid. We are eager to help these families; awards typically range from 10% to 50% of the trip fee.
We award most of our financial aid funds for trips starting in Williamstown, Massachusetts—this stretches our financial aid dollars, makes it easy to lend equipment and bikes, and, in many cases, reduces travel expenses to and from the trip. We welcome applications for trips outside of Williamstown, though financial aid for non-local trips is limited.
Financial aid is awarded at the end of our enrollment season in late April. Your flexibility in trip placement will increase your chances of financial assistance. Though we strive to meet the needs of all interested families seeking financial aid, we cannot guarantee an offer. When a financial aid award is offered and accepted, a non-refundable deposit is due.
We are committed to building partnerships with foundations and schools. We currently work with Beacon Academy, Cristo Rey School, The Ellie Burns Foundation, Impact360, The Squash and Education Alliance, the National Cathedral School, Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy, Mount Anthony Union Middle School, and Herberg Middle School, and we look to add new partners each year. Many of our scholarship students receive 50%-75% financial support from Overland. In some cases, our generous partner organizations contribute to the cost of the trip, reducing the expense for families further. Overland is also able to assist some scholarship students with gear and transportation, as well as assistance through the enrollment process.
THE OVERLAND FOUNDATION
The Overland Foundation, a 501c3 organization, welcomes gifts from all members of the Overland community. 100% of every dollar received directly benefits scholarship recipients.