college studentsLook out travel bloggers! These teen travel bloggers are perfecting their craft.  They have demonstrated their writing skills and love for travel through their winning entries in the 2012 Merit Scholarships from Family Travel Forum (FTF) and Society of American Travel Writers. The scholarships will go towards college or further travels. More than 6,300 students ages 13-18 educated in US or American-International schools or home-schooled students applied for this merit  scholarship.  

The sixth annual travel writing scholarship topics ranged from adventure trips and the power of nature, to journeys of self-discovery; and from historical and cultural exchanges to family reunionsand heritage explorations. 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarships!

1st Place $1,000 plus a refreshing family of 4 vacation to Universal Orlando Resort:

  – “Vietnam And My Baby Sister” by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth, Denver, Colorado 

2nd Place $500:    
  – “Bellwin’s Look On The Philippines” by Nathan Eldridge, Rockwall, Texas 

3rd Place $200:
  – “Slices Of Life: Charleston, South Carolina” by Anna Squires, Roswell, Georgia 

2012 Scholarship Honorable Mentions (Honorarium includes travel journals and passes to any Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum)
  – “Alaska After Dark” by Alexandra Nelson, Eagle, Idaho
  – “Becoming A Family Far From Home” by Claire Russell, Ellsworth, Maine
  – “Beware Of Shortcuts: A Nepalese Trekking Adventure” by Zoe Bluffstone, Portland, Oregon
  – “Day At The Dumps” by Annalise Jackson, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  – “Digging” by Lauren Franklin, Palos Verdes Estates, California
  – “Journey To The Dominican Republic” by Rachel Joyce, Boulder, Colorado
  – “Just A Place In China” by Julia Chen, Canoga Park, California
  – “Magic Hands” by Alekhya Reddy, Potomac, Maryland
  – “March Of The Living” by BrookeLynne Garbaty-Smith, Chicago, Illinois
  – “Memorial Peace Park In Hiroshima” by Sydney Davis, Newburgh, Indiana
  – “No Longer A Stranger” by Ariella Hoffman-Peterson, Lincolnwood, Illinois
  – “Nothing Fancy, Just Amazing” by Kate Eberle, Pie Town, New Mexico
  – “Paris Is A Promise That Aches” by Grace Lehman, Idyllwild, California
  – “Pourquoi Pas?” by Emily Joyce, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  – “Rain Or Shine:  A Family Intertwined” by Danielle Cummings, Boulder City, Colorado
  – “Rendezvous With The Rapids” by Miranda Kay, Milford, Connecticut
  – “Snapshots Of The Deutsche Bahn” by Sean Youngstone, Richmond, Virginia
  – “Something Just Clicked” by Michael DeMattia, New Canaan, Connecticut
  – “Somewhere Between Two Oceans” by Erin Ceconi, Ridgefield, Connecticut
  – “Storm Warning” by Sara Rigert, Lancaster, California
  – “The Big Island” by Zayna Green, Tucson, Arizona
  – “The Mark Of A Shadow” by Xin Er Gao, Millburn, New Jersey
  – “Traveling Far To Reach A Close Distance” by Vadessa Camack, Aurora, Colorado
  – “Why I’m Not a Robot” by Joshua Grelle, Plano, Texas
2012 Teen Travel Scholarship Best Photography (SATW Honorarium of a $150 Photography Equipment Merchandise Gift Certificate)
  – “Life As A Kyrgyz Nomad” by Christina Memmott, Rockwell, Maryland 

2012 Teen Travel Scholarship Best Video (SATW Honorarium of a $150 Photography Equipment Merchandise Gift Certificate)
  – “Traveling Far To Reach A Close Destination” by Vadessa Camack, Aurora, Colorado