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Gap Year

What is a Gap Year? By definition, a gap year is a break typically taken between high school and college that might include travel, work, study, volunteering, or research.  In practice, a gap year is much more. It’s a time for students to explore the world and gain valuable life skills and experience while transitioning into independence.
Time Article on taking a Gap Year : "Why Your High School Senior Should Take a Gap Year"
Harvard College Article on considering a Gap Year: "Should I Take Time Off"
 
Colleges that offer scholarships and fellowships to incoming freshmen who take a Gap Year
Princeton University
American University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
American University
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Oregon
James Madison University
College of William and Mary

 
Websites
Gap Year Programs
American Gap Association
 
Volunteer Opportunities
Projects Abroad
AmeriCorps
Peace Corps
Teen Life
United Planet
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