FTF Supports Teen Travel Bloggers in 10th Annual Scholarship

Media Alert:  FTF Grants Scholarship Money and Travel Prizes to the Best Teen Travel Blogs of the Year

Students Explore the Teen Travel Experience in 10th Annual Merit Competition for College Grants

(New York, NY – June 15, 2016) Family Travel Forum, the award-winning resource for family vacation planners, announces the 10th annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. The merit scholarship, judged in association with the Society of American Travel Writers, asks teens to share their travel experiences in words and images.

The top three winners will receive cash grants ($1,000, $500, $250) and a GoBag Travel Bag provided by sponsor Allianz Global Assistance. The work of 20 Honorable Mention nominees will be rewarded with a subscription to the Lonely Planet magazine. All of the top travel blogs will be posted on Family Travel Forum’s site MyFamilyTravels.com

Family Travel Forum is so pleased to have reached this milestone -- the 10th anniversary of our scholarship means more than 50,000 teens have been inspired to share their travel tales,” says senior editor Fran Falkin. "We remember many of the great stories from past years, and are gratified to learn than several of our past winners have gone on to careers in communications.”

The merit 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 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 http://myfamilytravels.com/Teen_travel_writing

The 2016 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship will accept submissions from June 1 through July 13, 2016. The esteemed judging panel, including members of the Journalism Education Association (JEA), Tourism Cares, the Society of Professional Journalists and SATW, will announce their selections on September 30, 2016.

We thank our sponsors Travel Media Showcase, TMS Family Travel, Allianz Global Assistance, ScholarTrips, SATW, JEA, Tourism Cares, the Society of Professional Journalists, CityPASS, and Lonely Planet for their support. For more information about all FTF grants and scholarships for college, visithttp://scholarship.familytravelforum.com.


About Family Travel Forum
Family Travel Forum has been the trusted vacation planning resource for global travel with kids and grandkids since 1996. FTF’s expert and community 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 traveling families. In addition to co-hosting the annual TMS Family Travel Summit and conferences, FTF ventures include the "The Family Vacationist" blog and e-alert; and Family Travel Consulting to the trade in partnership with Taking the Kids.

About Allianz Global Assistance
Allianz Global Assistance is a leading specialty insurance and assistance company with operations in 34 countries.  In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance insures 16 million customers and is best known for its travel insurance plans. Additionally, Allianz Global Assistance supports the education of young travelers by providing them the opportuity to travel the world through their ScholarTrips essay contest. This merit scholarship will be accepting submissions from October 12 to November 13, 2016.  Six Grand Prize winners will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

About Society of American Travel Writers
Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) is a tax-exempt, professional association, whose membership includes journalists, editors, photographers, filmmakers, bloggers, and communications professionals who specialize in the travel industry.

Contact: Fran Falkin
Tel: +1 917/513-1819
Email: FTFstaff @familytravelforum.com