Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship 2014

For 2014, Family Travel Forum (FTF), the web's leading trip-planning resource for family travelers, and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a non-profit organization that promotes responsible journalism and encourages the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide, are offering scholarships to encourage teens to share travel experiences in words and images.

Have you ever taken an unexpectedly wonderful --- or terrible but funny --- trip with your family? Or have you journeyed somewhere with a school group or sports team and have some advice on how to make the most of your experience or destination? Have you gone somewhere -- near or far -- that opened up new ways of looking at the world?

Family Travel Forum, and the Society of American Travel Writers, invite you to submit travel blogs that are serious, funny or contemplative, as long as they are informative.
The top winners will receive cash awards. Twenty-five finalists will win honorable mention awards and travel gifts.

Watch our video and then please read the Rules below carefully to ensure eligibility. Good Luck!


FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $200
  • 25 Honorable Mentions: Travel prizes
  • 1 Honorary Award for Best Video

All winners will receive a Family Travel Forum Certificate of Commendation and selected submissions will be published on Family Travel Forum's website.

This year, Family Travel Forum is offering two additional Scholarships:

I Love New York Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

  • First Place: $1,000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $200

For complete details on this opportunity for blogs about New York State, please visit

New York Travel Writers Association Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

  • First Place: $500

For complete details on this opportunity for blogs written by residents of the New York Metro region, please visit

FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Rules

Eligibility for FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

  • All applicants must sign up for the community prior to submitting an essay.
  • All applicants must complete a profile on and include a photograph of themselves.
  • Applications will be accepted between April 1, 2014 and July 27, 2014
  • Applicants must be ages 13-18 and attending grades 8-12 as of June 27, 2014. Graduating seniors are only eligible if you submit your completed travel blog on or before June 27, 2013.
  • Applicants must be attending junior high or high school in the United States or Canada, or an American international school abroad, or be enrolled in a U.S. homeschool program.
  • Applicants may apply to all three scholarships, if they are eligible.

Submission Requirements for FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

  • Travel blogs must be no more than 600 words in length.
  • Entries must include text and be illustrated by at least one photo, digital artwork or video. (In addition to the personal photograph on your profile).
  • Travel blogs must include practical details so that others can follow in your footsteps. Details should include names of attractions, museums, themeparks, resorts, restaurants, the local beach, etc. with URLs as appropriate.
  • Travel blogs must be submitted online using the FTF Teen Travel Scholarship Essay Submission Form. Please create a strong, descriptive blog title, and use the editing tools provided to make paragraph breaks or add punctuation, and to upload your photos and or video. 
  • All applications must be received no later than 11:59pm ET on July 27, 2014. Late entries will not be considered.
  • Your Travel blog must be your original creation and must not have been previously published.
  • Multiple submissions are only allowed if you are applying for multiple scholarships.

If you are notified that you are a Finalist, you will be contacted after August 30, 2014 and asked to send a copy of your transcript from your school, as well as a permission letter from your parents if you are under 18. More information about the Parent Permission Letter is available on the FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship FAQ page. These documents must be received by email, fax or snail mail by September 12, 2014.

Judging the Teen Travel Writing Scholarships

Travel blogs will be judged on originality, quality of expression, and a sense of place, as well as in accordance with standard rules of English grammar, mechanics and spelling.  A panel of esteemed professional writers and editors from the Society of American Travel Writers will assist in the selection of winners.

  • All applicants will be contacted by email when the Judges have completed selecting the Quarter-Final round of essays.  Please update your online Account Info if your email address changes during the scholarship period.
  • Only Finalists will be contacted for follow up documents to verify their eligibility.

Increase the likelihood of winning by following our writing tips in this video:


The FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Winners

If you are not contacted and wish to view the winning entries, please visit after October 8, 2014, when the 2014 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention essays will be announced.

The work of past Scholarship Winners is currently posted on the MyFamilyTravels Scholarship Page.

FTF Teen Travel Scholarship Essay Submission Form


FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship FAQs


Thanks to our 2014 Scholarship Supporters!

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