Teen Travel Writing Scholarships Announced by Family Travel Forum - My Family Travels
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(Media Alert, New York, NY – April 16, 2014) Family Travel Forum, the award-winning resource for family vacation planners, announces an even bigger 8th annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship program. After seven successful years, we are thrilled to be able to offer additional merit scholarships, increasing teen travel writers’ chances to win cash grants and travel prizes.  Given in association with the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), I LOVE NEW YORK (ILNY) and the New York Travel Writers Association (NYTWA), we are promoting literacy by encouraging all teens to share their travel experiences in words and images.

Thanks to the generous support of the 2014 sponsors, triple the number of scholarship prizes will be available this year.

For the FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship, prizes include:

  • First Place    $1,000
  • Second Place   $500
  • Third Place      $250  

 – 25 Honorable Mention winners will receive travel gifts such as passes to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not attractions
 – Best Video Winner will receive photo-journalism merchandise
 – 10 Finalists will win a pair of CityPASS ticket booklets containing prepaid admission to the top attractions in their choice of 10 North American destinations

The ILNY Teen Travel Writing Scholarship will be awarded to the best blogs about travel in New York State, and prizes include:

  •  First Place    $1,000
  •  Second Place   $500
  •  Third Place      $250 

The New York Travel Writers Association (NYTWA) Teen Travel Writing Scholarship is seeking the best blog written by a student who resides within 100 miles of Times Square in New York City. The prize is:

  •  First Place       $500


We are also grateful to our additional sponsors for 2014, Travel Media Showcase, TMS Family Travel, Taking the Kids, Cayman IslandsNiagara Falls, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and CityPASS.

The merit scholarship contest is open to students ages 13 to 18 who are enrolled in a junior high, high school or a homeschool program in the United States, Canada or American school abroad. Students are asked to submit a maximum 600-word essay on any type or any aspect of a trip they have taken in the last five years, along with a photo or video. For more information, eligibility, rules and scholarship applications, visit Scholarship.familytravelforum.com.

The 2014 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship submission period runs from April 1, 2014 to July 27, 2014, and selected blogs will be published on Family Travel Forum’s site MyFamilyTravels.com. The winning students’ work will be announced on October 23, 2014. For more information about all FTF grants and scholarships for college, visit Scholarship.familytravelforum.com.

About FTF

Family Travel Forum is an award-winning media company guiding those who Have Kids, Still Travel!® in print and online since 1996. FTF’s expert and community content has been seen on Disney’s Family.com and other sites, in “The Complete Idiots Guide to the Best Family Destinations,” “Amazing Places to Take Your Kids in North America” and by millions of traveling families. In addition to co-hosting the annual TMS Family Travel Summit and conferences, other FTF ventures include MyFamilyTravels.com; an annual Teen Travel Writing Scholarship with SATW; the “The Family Vacationist” blog and e-alert; and Family Travel Consulting to the trade.

About SATW

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a tax-exempt, professional association, was established in 1955, and its membership includes journalists, editors, photographers, filmmakers, bloggers, and communications professionals who specialize in the travel industry.  SATW promotes responsible journalism, provides professional support and development for its members, and encourages the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide.

About ILNY

I LOVE NEW YORK is New York State’s iconic tourism campaign, providing resources for visitors from around the world to explore the state’s 11 beautiful vacation regions. From whitewater adventures on world-class rapids, to ski runs turned mountain biking trails, to guided rock climbing trips in the Adirondacks and the Gunks, New York is ready for action. Connect with New York State on social media at iloveny.com to begin planning your next family adventure.



Contact: Fran Falkin
Tel: 212/595-6074
Email: FTFstaff @familytravelforum.com



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