Family Travel Forum Scholarship FAQs

Increase the likelihood of winning any scholarship by following our writing tips on how to apply, and best practices for your essay or blog:


What if I don't hear from you?

If you applied for a 2017 Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship and haven't heard from us by September 11, 2017, it means that you are not in the running for a scholarship award this time around. Applicants should be sure to look at after October 2, 2017 so you can read the winning travel blogs and get yourself ready to enter again next year!

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If I am a Finalist does that mean I've won?

If you are selected as a Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Finalist, it means you are being considered for a cash scholarship or honorable mention award. You will be contacted by September 11, 2017 and asked to submit a permission letter from your parents if you are under 18, and an official school transcript in order to be eligible. Documents must be submitted by September 25, 2017.
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I am a home-schooled student. Can I participate in the Scholarship contest?

Yes, but you must be able to send us an official transcript if you are a Finalist for the Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship.
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Are international students eligible for Family Travel Forum scholarships?

If you are attending a junior high or high school in either Canada or the United States, or an International American or military-sponsored school abroad, you are considered eligible for a Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship.

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What about the winners?

Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Writing Scholarship Finalists will be contacted by September 11, 2017. The winners of the 2017 Family Travel Teen Travel Writing Scholarship will be selected by a panel of educators, professional journalists and editors. All winners will be notified by personal email by October 2, 2017 and publicly announced on on October 2, 2017.  All submissions become the property of Family Travel Forum Inc. and materials will not be returned.

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The Parent(s) written consent is only required from Finalists under the age of 18 at time of submitting their entry. It should be a simple note, signed and dated, that says your parent or legal guardian agrees to Family Travel Forum's posted Scholarship Rules and Terms of Use and has given you permission to enter the Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Writing Scholarship contest.  This consent must be submitted to our office only by Finalists by September 25, 2017. It may be sent to us by email, fax or snail mail at the contact information posted online. 
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If I win, how will my prizes be provided to me?

All Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship prize money will be paid directly to the winning author. The Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing scholarship prize money check, Honorable Mention certificates and any travel gifts will be mailed to your place of residence. Please let us know of any email or snail mail address changes.
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How do I submit my Scholarship entry?

  • Submit your Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing blog, images and video by logging into and filling out the online Scholarship Submission Form. Fill out the form by typing in the fields.
  • First you will have to fill in the title, and since we read a lot of these, please make it a strong, descriptive title.
  • Then you are asked for your full name, date of birth, gender, snail mail address and phone number, and school contact information.
  • Then you will be asked to select the destination of your trip.
  • Next, select the primary reason for your trip.
  • Finally, select who you traveled with.
  • We recommend you write your scholarship submission on your computer and back it up, then copy it from your word processing program and paste it into the Content Body field. You can also just type the essay into the space provided.
  • Then, add the required photo(s) or video.
  • Review your work and press the Save button, which will publish it to the site for judging. Please note that content is required in the Content Body field before saving your post, or you will see an error message to that effect.
  • After saving your work, we recommend that you confirm that your blog and image(s) have been uploaded correctly.  Visit your profile page, and click on the tab that says "My
  • Work" along the top of the page. Click on your blog title to make sure that the essay and the image(s) appear. Any work without an image will be disqualified.
  • Please email questions to us via the Contact Us page. No phone calls please.

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How do I submit my photos, artwork or videos?

Each scholarship submission form accepts several images with a file size of 2MB or less. No image can be more than 2Mb in size. If you are having trouble uploading images, please use photo management software to check the file size, then resize and save image to your hard drive before attempting to upload again. When you upload a photo or electronic scan of your artwork to a website, make sure the photo file name is all one word (for example, image cannot be saved as "my school portrait.jpg" or "DSC 0034.gif"; it must be "myschoolportrait.jpg" or "DSC_0034.gif" - without quote marks.) accepts .jpg, .gif and .png image files.

For videos - Please paste in the link to your video on YouTube.  It should look like this:  At this time, only YouTube is supported. If you do not have a YouTube account, please email your video file to us and we will upload it for you.
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What if I have computer problems and miss the deadline?

All Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing submissions must be received by 11:59pm ET on Friday, July 14, 2017. Please submit your entry at least one week prior to the deadline to avoid causing the server outages we have experienced when everyone tries to submit at the last minute. Family Travel Forum is not responsible for your equipment malfunction, problems with your internet connections or any other excuses.
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When is the entry deadline?

The deadline is 11:59PM ET Friday, July 14, 2017 for the 2017 Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarships.
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How will Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing submissions be judged?

Each FTF Teen Travel Writing blog will be read and ranked by a team of educators, seasoned travel writers and professional editors.
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What style is most appropriate for Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing blogs?

Judges will evaluate Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing submissions based on creativity, originality, style and grammar, so any style is appropriate. Please proofread your work carefully. Scholarship blogs must be submitted in English.
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How long should entries be?

FTF Teen Travel Writing blogs should not exceed 600 words. There is no minimum word count.
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Who is eligible for the Family Travel Forum Scholarship?

Any high school student or 8th grade student attending school in the United States or Canada, or an American school abroad, or being home-schooled under state guidelines, is eligible to enter the Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship contest as long as they are 13 to 18-years of age and currently enrolled in school. 

If you are a younger writer, senior who has just graduated high school, college student or any one else that wants to share a travel tale, we welcome you to share your thoughts with all of our community members. Family Travel Forum hosts other scholarships; check back often at for the latest information.
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