The Truth about Road Scholars

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I am writing regarding an article written by Debra Beatty on October 17, 2014 in the Mesquite Local News (http://mesquitelocalnews.com/2014/10/road-scholar/).

While we appreciate the coverage, I would like to clarify some of the information included in the article and request that changes be made to reflect correct information. Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization established in 1975 as Elderhostel (the piece also refers to us as Road Scholars and Travel Elderhostel.) We offer educational travel programs for adults who are typically Baby Boomers and older.

The article states that Road Scholar has “joined forces with Amtrak, etc and secured a reduction in your travel fare.” We do not have an arrangement or partnership with Amtrak. Please remove this reference.

In addition, our scholarship opportunities are mentioned. Road Scholar offers need-based scholarships and recently announced that we have $200,000 available this year (not $300,000) with application details available on our web site (www.roadscholar.org)

The cost of attending a Road Scholar program typically includes accommodations, meals, activities, transportation within the program, gratuities, taxes and a travel assistance and insurance plan. We are also happy to share additional current information on the different types of programs that we offer.

Thank you in advance for your attention to these changes,

Despina Gakopoulos
Public Relations
Road Scholar

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