Media Alert: The 2018 FTF Scholarship Encourages Teen Bloggers To Share Travel Tales and Earn up to $1,000.

Students Explore the Teen Travel Experience in Annual Merit Competition for College Grants

(New York, NY- May 1, 2018) Welcome teen travel writers! This year Family Travel Forum, the award winning vacation planning resource for travel with kids, announces its 12th annual Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. For the past 11 years the scholarship has awarded over $18,000 in scholarships to teens who share their stories in words and images. Three winners will receive cash grants of $1,000, $500, and $250, as well as a GoBag Travel Bag from sponsor Allianz Global Assistance. 20 Honorable Mention winners will receive a subscription to Lonely Planet
Magazine and 10 will receive CityPASS attraction ticket booklets. Applications must be submitted by July 9, 2018.

The FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship is a merit scholarship competition for American and Canadian students, and American students abroad. They must be enrolled in junior high, high school, or in a home school program, and be between the ages of 13 and 18.  More than 55,000 students have shared their stories over the years. To be considered, students must submit an essay with a maximum of 600 words, accompanied by a photo or video. The essay can be about any trip the student has taken in the last five years. The top stories will be published on Family Travel Forum’s site MyFamilyTravels.com.

Applications may be submitted from May 1 to July 9, 2018. Winners will be notified by email on September 14, 2018. Judging will be held in a series of rounds by Family Travel Forum interns and staff, assisted by invaluable volunteers from the Journalism Education Association (JEA), Tourism Cares, Society of Professional Journalists, and Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). For more information, eligibility, rules and scholarship applications, visit myfamilytravels.com/teen_travel_writing.

Special thanks to our 2018 sponsors Travel Media Showcase, TMS Family Travel, Allianz Global Assistance, ScholarTrips, SATW, JEA (Journalism Education Association), Tourism Cares, SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists), CityPASS, and Lonely Planet for their support. For more information about our sponsors, FTF grants and scholarships for college, please visit scholarship.familytravelforum.com.

About Family Travel Forum

Family Travel Forum has been the trusted vacation planning resource for parents and grandparents since 1996. Over the years, staff and contributing writers who Have Kids, Still Travel! have given the community an award-winning resource for travelling families featuring accurate and up to date information on the latest destinations, products, and trends in travel. FTF’s content has been seen on Disney’s Family.com and other sites, in “America’s Most Popular Family Vacations,” “The Complete Idiots Guide to the Best Family Destinations,” “Amazing Places to Take Your Kids in North America,” and by millions of travelling families. FTF co-hosts the annual TMS Family Travel summits and  conferences, as well as running “The Family Vacationist” blog and Family Travel Consulting, in partnership with Taking the Kids.

About Allianz Global Assistance

Operating in 34 countries, Allianz Global Assistance is a leading insurance and assistance company that provides insurance to 35 million U.S. customers annually. The company is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans, which protect travelers from unexpected trip cancellations or losses while traveling. Plans are available in annual or per trip coverage. The company’s partners include leading travel agencies, airlines and other travel suppliers. Allianz Global Assistance also supports student travel by providing merit scholarships through their ScholarTrips essay contest. Since 2017, ScholarTrips has given over $175,000 in scholarships to hundreds of students who have realized their dream of international travel.

About Society of American Travel Writers

Founded in 1955, the Society of American Travel Writers is a tax-exempt, professional association, whose nearly 1,000 members include journalists, editors, photographers, filmmakers, bloggers, and communications professionals who specialize in the travel industry in Canada and the United States. SATW’s mission is to inspire travel through responsible journalism.

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