The Iona Pilgrimage Scholarship

Birds over Iona’s shores

Application Deadline: May 25, 2019

LocationSt. Columba Hotel
Iona, Scotland
DatesSeptember 14 - 21, 2019
Scholarship AwardAward Amount: $1,240.00
Travel Stipend (up to $500) also available
Application DeadlineMay 25, 2019
Application Fee$10.00

Program Information

Each day on Iona begins and ends with the rhythm of prayer and meditation together. In the mornings John Philip Newell teaches on Celtic themes of Earth and Soul as sacred and invites us into the holy work of contemplation and action as the basis for transformation in our lives and world. The afternoons are given to hiking, conversation, and rest, and the early evenings to further reflection and meditative chanting in the 11-century Chapel of St Oran. On one of the days we walk the nine-mile island pilgrimage route (see below for important information) together to pray for the journey of our lives and world. For more information on this pilgrimage week, please click here.

Scholarship Award and Additional Costs

Award Amount: $1,240.00

This scholarship includes lodging at the St. Columba Hotel on Iona, breakfast, dinner, and program fees. Because of limited availability, applicants must be willing to share a room. If you applying with a friend or family member, please let us know on your application.

Additional cost to recipients: travel expenses to get to Iona and lunch each day. We also offer a travel stipend of up to $500.00 for those with significant financial need. Please see below for more information.

Travel Stipend

We ask scholarship recipients to consider raising their own funds through their own network to cover the travel expenses in order to attend the Iona Pilgrimage. In circumstances where this is not possible, a $500 travel stipend can be awarded to accompany the scholarship. Only recipients of a program scholarship will be considered for the travel stipend. In order to be considered for a travel stipend, you must apply at the same time as submitting the program application, completing both by the deadline of May 25, 2019.

Application Process

Please note there is a $10.00 application fee to be paid at the time your application is submitted.

To apply, please complete the online application form by clicking here and have a mentor, teacher, or advisor complete our online reference form – found by clicking here – by May 25, 2018. A Heartbeat Selection Committee will review all applications after the deadline has passed and notify all applicants of their application status within a few weeks. The funds will then be transferred directly to the St. Columba Hotel in the recipients’ name. The St. Columba Hotel has reserved spaces for successful scholarship applicants.

Please note we only consider applicants with significant financial need for scholarship awards.