Your Support Makes a World of Difference

Not-for-profit Road Scholar is a university of the world for older adults. We don’t just offer educational travel experiences. We create opportunities for older adults to learn, feel reinvigorated, meet new friends and expand their horizons. Our participants tell us their Road Scholar experiences are truly transformative, inspiring them to take on new challenges and to live life to the fullest — at every age. We’re proud of the difference we make in the lives of so many older adults. But we can’t do this without the support of our friends. No matter how big or how small, every gift helps us enrich the lives of more than 5 million older adults.

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Our Mission

At not-for-profit Road Scholar, our mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime.

Why Give?

Road Scholar is a university of the world for older adults. Like all not-for-profit colleges and universities, we ask those who benefit from our services and those who believe in our mission to support us. Just as there are a multitude of reasons someone would donate to a college or university, there are as many reasons why someone would donate to Road Scholar. Here are some of them:

  • Think about how a large university operates. It has an admissions office, student services, a website and course catalogs, plus faculty and administrators. Road Scholar is a university of the world, providing educational adventures to 100,000 older adults each year, in every state and 150 countries. This is made possible thanks to the support of our friends.
  • We develop an extraordinary range of learning adventures -- some appeal broadly, some appeal to a smaller audience. We offer these experiences not because they are profitable, but because they are meaningful. Donations give us the flexibility to create a broad interdisciplinary curriculum much like a liberal arts college.
  • Donations allow us to hire the best instructors and sustain the educational focus of our programs. Gifts to Road Scholar support educational excellence.
  • Road Scholars are students seeking deeper meaning and understanding of the world around them. Donations allow us to invest resources piloting new learning adventures around the globe. The breadth of experiences we offer promotes communication and understanding among people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Donations help us reach new audiences of adults — often older, single or widowed — who benefit from the camaraderie and deep impact of our learning experiences.
  • Donations fund more than $100,000 in scholarships annually. Adults who lack the financial resources to participate can experience life-changing educational adventures with Road Scholar.
  • Your support funds Road Scholar Caregiver Grants, so those whose lives are devoted to caring for an ill or disabled loved one can find respite on a rejuvenating learning adventure.
  • Donations to Road Scholar are a way to say “thank you” for the life-changing experiences and to acknowledge the importance of Road Scholar in the lives of our participants.

Because of our dedicated supporters, we can carry out our mission of creating and operating life-enriching learning adventures for the widest-possible audience of adult learners. Thank you for your friendship and support! Learn more about why supporters like you partner with Road Scholar.