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College Scholarships Support Teen Literacy and Community

(New York, NY – May 6, 2013) Family Travel Forum, the award-winning resource for family vacation planners, announces its 7th annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. The merit scholarships, given in association with the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), encourage teens to write an essay and share images about their communities.

Top winners as selected by SATW receive cash grants: First Place ($1,000), Second Place ($500) and 3rd Place ($200) as well as travel gifts. The work of 25 additional Honorable Mention nominees and winners of the Best Photography and Best Video scholarships are rewarded with travel gifts. All the top travel blogs are posted on Family Travel Forum’s site www.MyFamilyTravels.com.
 
“We are proud to sponsor this scholarship with Family Travel Forum and SATW because we’re helping our teens ‘move write along’ in their academic careers,” says Joanne Vero of Travel Media Showcase, a travel industry event producer.

The Society of American Travel Writers is delighted to partner with Family Travel Forum and Travel Media Showcase to encourage the next generation of travel writers,” notes SATW President Lillian Africano. “Exploring their own home towns is a wonderful way to open their young eyes to the qualities that make the community appealing to travelers and visitors alike, and to enhance their awareness of the travel industry as a potential career path.”

The free scholarship contest is open to students ages 13 to 18 who are enrolled in a junior high, high school or homeschool program in the United States, Canada or American school abroad. Students are asked to submit a maximum 600-word blog about their community, highlighting people and attractions in the place they live or identify with, and encouraging travelers to visit there. The contest is open April 15 to July 22 and all submissions must include a photo or video. For more information, eligibility, rules and scholarship applications, visit FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship.

The 2013 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship is generously supported by Travel Media Showcase and the Society of American Travel Writers; as well as the Cayman Islands Tourism Board, CityPASS and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!  The winning students’ work will be announced on September 23, 2013 at the TMS FamilyTravel conference. Click here for more information about all FTF grants and scholarships for college.
 
About Family Travel Forum (FTF)
Family Travel Forum has helped globetrotters who Have Kids, Still Travel with print and online guides since 1996. FTF’s award-winning vacation planning sites feature savvy tips and destination reviews; the Top 10 Getaways survey of resort-based infant programs; a robust Flee Market™; forums and user blogs highlighted in “The Complete Idiots Guide to the Best Family Destinations” (Alpha Penguin). FTF consults to the trade via Family Travel Consulting and co-hosts TMS Family Travel conference.

About Travel Media Showcase (TMS)
Travel Media Showcase (TMS), now in its 14th year, is the leading rendezvous for travel and tourism marketers to connect with media professionals and promote destinations, services and attractions. TMS Family Travel, in its 2nd year, runs professional enrichment conferences for media and sponsors interested in the family travel market. Both fun, first-class events are among the many successful meetings produced by J. Vero Associates, proud sponsors of the FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship.

About Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
The Society of American Travel Writers was established in 1955 with a mission is to promote responsible journalism, provide professional development for its members, and encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide.  SATW’s more than 1,200 members include journalists, photographers, editors, electronic media specialists, film lecturers, television and film producers, and travel industry public relations representatives. SATW is a nonprofit professional association, and its members maintain the industry’s highest professional and ethical standards.  Their dedication and experience represent SATW’s commitment to journalistic integrity and credibility. SATW truly comprises “Travel’s Most Trusted Voices.”

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Contact:  Fran Falkin
Tel: 917/513-1819
Email: FTFstaff@familytravelforum.com

 


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