Scholarships

Here at Vacasa, we know that our success depends entirely on the beautiful destinations where we manage vacation homes...and we can't think of a better way to reinvest in our local communities than by helping their best and brightest continue their education. That's why, for the third year running, we're expanding our annual scholarship program to support even more students in our destination communities!

This year, we're offering scholarships in four separate categories that have been integral to our own success since our founding in 2009: Travel Writing, Photography, Graphic Design, and Coding/Developing.

We'll be awarding $150 scholarships in each category in every U.S. destination where we manage vacation homes, with a top $1000 award for each category overall. That means there is more than $60,000 available to students in 13 states.

Learn more and apply online in each category listed below, and contact scholarships@vacasa.com with any questions.

Scholarships

4 scholarships
  • Travel Writing Scholarship

    Application deadline has ended.
    Vacasa offers a travel writing scholarship for students who are currently attending high school or college in one of the communities where we manage vacation homes. In our industry, we know how important the written word can be in inspiring travelers to choose a particular destination or even a specific vacation home. Good travel writing can transport the reader to a brand new destination, whether that means an epic hiking trail across a rugged mountain or a beloved cafe in a small coastal village. For years, our guests have come from far and wide to visit your hometown - tell us why! We want to know, from your perspective, what makes your town special, or what your own favorite experiences in your hometown have been. Your essay can be up to 700 words, entered in the text box below.
    apply now »
  • Photography Scholarship

    Application deadline has ended.
    Vacasa is proud to sponsor a photography scholarship for students currently attending high school or college in one of the local communities where we manage vacation homes. High-quality photography is absolutely essential to our success. Photos inspire guests to select a particular destination for their vacation, and to showcase the beautiful vacation homes under our care. We understand that quality photography can inform and inspire, and often opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. As a travel destination, your hometown has likely been photographed by visitors from far and wide... but we'd like to see your personal view. Whether it's your favorite view of a classic landmark or an entirely unexpected perspective, show us what makes your home special! Submit your chosen photograph (only one per entrant) via the form below. Please submit a .jpg file no more than 5 MB, and 3500 px on the longest side. Note: Smartphone images are accepted.
    apply now »
  • Graphic Design Scholarship

    Application deadline has ended.
    Vacasa offers a graphic design scholarship for students who are currently attending high school or college in one of the communities where we manage vacation homes. In our industry, we know how important good design and visual marketing can be in inspiring travelers to choose their destination - or even a specific vacation home. Quality graphic design is highly valued on our team, whether that means an infographic on dog-friendly travel to use in our email marketing campaign, or a branded Facebook cover photo publicizing a new destination on social media. Our guests have come from far and wide to visit your hometown - show us why! Submit your original infographic or travel poster promoting your hometown as a travel destination.
    apply now »
  • Developer Scholarship

    Application deadline has ended.
    Vacasa is proud to sponsor a developing/coding scholarship for students currently attending high school or college in one of the local communities where we manage vacation homes. At Vacasa, our developers are absolutely essential to our success. Our motto is "vacation rentals made easy", and we've built our business around leading the industry in technology and innovation in order to deliver on that promise to our guests, our homeowners, and our employees alike. We place a premium on innovation, and want to help support young developers and coders take the next step in their educational journey. To apply for our developer/coder scholarship, submit a working app developed for iOS or Android.
    apply now »

Former Scholarship Recipients

Kierra Boschma

Boise State University

I am a Junior at Boise State University studying Psychology. I love people and hope to become an Occupational Therapist in order to help them overcome difficulties.

Rachael Cardwell

Colorado Technical University Online

I am recently graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Winning the Vacasa scholarship last year was fantastic! I was/am an adult learner, with two children, and work a full time job. Every little bit helps when you're trying to support a family and go to school! I would encourage every student to apply for scholarships. I especially loved the Vacasa scholarship because I was able to write about something I love, the area I happen to live in!

Aspen Compton

Boise State University

Aspen Compton was born and raised in the Treasure Valley. She is currently attending Boise State University and pursuing a B.S. degree in Political Science, where she has consistently been on the Dean's List. Aspen is planning to graduate in the spring of 2016 and apply to be a student within Boise State's new Political Science Graduate Program and later pursue a career in public service. In her free time, Aspen enjoys discovering coffee shops around town and spending time with her friends, family, and her

Jose Contreras

University of Oregon

My name is Jose Contreras. I was raised in the west coast (PDX), aka the best coast. I am currently at the UO working on obtaining a degree in advertising, my focus is art direction. During my down time I love designing random things. When school gets busy I'm still designing, because that's what I do. I am an od ball, a bit weird. I guess I embraced the whole "keep Portland weird." I love being different.

Melanie Davis

Clatsop Community College

My name is Melanie and I am a stay at home mother of four. I am currently in college working towards my Masters degree in teaching. I am a native to the Pacific Northwest, born and raised.

Katrina Dickinson

Madison High School

My name is Katrina Dickinson. I'm 18 years old. I work as a receptionist at a real estate company. I babysit on "the side". I attend Portland Bible College and I'm one out of 6 children.

Alondra Duran

Willamette High School

I am Alondra Duran, and I am incredibly grateful for being one of the selected winners from last year! I?m trying to save up as much money as possible in scholarships to be able to attend college and hopefully law school in the future! I am a junior in high school who loves photography as my creative outlet, and hope to turn my hobby as a photographer into a side business while I build a career in the Law field!

Elena Ellingson-Cosenza

Newport High School

I was born in South Carolina but moved to Newport, Oregon when I was five. I love living amongst the trees and the ocean, but life often keeps me too busy to enjoy the outdoors. I am a team captain on the NHS Swim Team and spend my hours in chlorinated water instead of the salty sea. Next year I will graduate from Newport High with an IB Diploma and then go off to university. I hope to spend the rest of my life here in the Northwest.

Sky Harris

Lewis & Clark College

I'm a current college student from Eugene, Oregon, and I received $300 from Vasca scholarships for last fall term. This really helped me out with going to school; I'm so thankful for the opportunity Vacasa helped me acquire.