FTF Scholarships

When my parents and I went to the Minneapolis Greek festival in the fall, I didn’t know what to expect. My only experience with Greek culture was the craziness I’d observed in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where everybody knew everyone, and visitors were a topic of conversation. Upon entering...

I tell my high school students that when I first came to Japan, I felt like a fish. Why would Emily Sensei feel like a fish? I ask. Because you are wearing a red shirt! Nope, guess again.  Because you like to swim. I do, but no, that’s not the right answer.  Because you are delicious! What?! Um,...

I began digging into the soil with my shovel. Not being able to plunge too deep, I carefully sifted through the debris and inch-by-inch I made my way into the destroyed park. Glass shards, wood chunks, and other kitchen utensils were popular items being excavated but this one particular item shot...

I forced myself to fight for a spot on the ligne 13 this morning. A little girl squeezed my knees and gave me a genuine smile. Her honesty relaxed me. I can feel a lady with a wrinkled forehead breathe behind me. She accidentally hits me with a plastic bag. I go to a cafe. Le Fountain Sully in the...

(California) All I could see were hundreds of white windmills spinning in the breeze across the mountains, and I knew we weren't in Arizona anymore. Living in Phoenix, a mere five hour drive to California, my family set off on our first Californian vacation. My sister, Olivia, put her face up...

More than seven hundred years have passed since Marco Polo roamed the narrow allies of this famous city. As I sit on the small, second floor, restaurant balcony of my hotel and look over the beautiful Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, I understand the reason Venice gave birth to an explorer. The maze...

After running the inspirational Teen Travel Writers Scholarship for the past three years, Family Travel Forum decided it was time for travel writers ages 18-26 who shared their tales with the travelBIGO.com community to be eligible to win their own scholarship. The Spring 2010 scholarship period...

Parvati stood out from all the other women in her village. She could read and write. She was confident and charismatic. She looked men in the eyes when she spoke to them. She spoke to them. And when she spoke to women, they listened. FINALIST 2010 YOUNG TRAVEL WRITERS SCHOLARSHIP The first day I...

My mom has always worked in the travel industry. My first plane trip, at five years old, was to Las Vegas. Needless to say, I have many stories and many experiences I could write about. I thought instead, however, that I would write from the parent's point of view, since last fall my 6 month old...

As I wove my way through the densely packed, smoke filled bar I paused for a moment amongst the madness to catch a glimpse of the television screen and try to take in the historic significance of the night.  However, my attempt at holding on to the moment was short lived.  The multi-lingual cheers...

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