July 20, 2017

CVB Announces 2013 Travel Writing Scholarship

Posted : January 11, 2013

The Calaveras Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced that it will provide $2,000 in scholarships this year to area high school students as part of its new Travel Writing Scholarship program.  The scholarship opportunity is available to seniors at both Bret Harte and Calaveras High Schools who plan on attending a 2- or 4-year college/university within one year of graduating.

Aimed at encouraging interest in tourism marketing, the first-ever CVB Travel Writing Scholarship,  challenges local students to create a 400-750 word blog post, with photos, to entice visitors to the area.  Seniors from Bret Harte and Calaveras, who best highlight area recreation, adventure, activities, places, events and/or area history and demonstrate an excellence in writing, will be selected to receive one of four $500 scholarships.  Additionally, their work will be featured on the CVB blog, Calaveras Bloggin’, this spring.

Detailed information and applications are now available in each district.  Students interested in applying for the scholarship can pick up the necessary paperwork from Carla Rolleri at Bret Harte or Terri Tanner at Calaveras.  Applications and blog posts are due by February 15, 2013 to be considered for the scholarship.  Winners will be selected and announced by March 1, 2013.

“We’re excited to get students interested in tourism marketing and involved with the CVB since attracting visitors to our area is responsible for so much of our local economy,” said Lisa Boulton, Executive Director of the Calaveras Visitors Bureau.  “Additionally, it’s a great opportunity for students who are interested in journalism and marketing to explore these career paths before heading off to college, as well as build their portfolios for future job opportunities.”

2013 Calaveras Visitors Bureau Travel Writing Scholarship Guidelines & Requirements

The CVB Travel Writing Scholarship is open to all students who are currently in their senior year of high school and plan to enroll in a 2-year or 4-year college program within one year of their high school graduation.  Applications, personal statements and Calaveras-focused travel blog posts with photos (as outlined below) are due by Friday, February 15, 2013.  Two winners from each school will be selected and notified by March 1, 2013. 

Scholarship winners will receive $500 toward college tuition.  In addition, the winners’ travel blogs will be featured on the Calaveras Visitors Bureau Blog on GoCalaveras.com, promoted on various social media networks, as well as permanently archived on the Website.  Scholarship winners will receive a promissory note from the Calaveras Visitors Bureau at the scholarship awards ceremony at the end of the school year as scheduled by the school district.  To receive their checks from the Calaveras Visitors Bureau following the awards ceremony, students must show proof of enrollment in college.  Students must enroll within one year of their high school graduation or forfeit their scholarship award.

Application Requirements

  • Completed scholarship application provided by the school district.
  • Brief personal statement (250-500 words on your accomplishments, achievements, awards and/or any personal experiences you’d like the selection committee to be aware of).
  • Calaveras-focused travel blog post with photos (400-750 words) – guidelines below.
  • 2-3 high resolution photos to illustrate the travel blog post – guidelines below.
  • Signed parental waiver granting permission for use of student’s travel blog online.

Blog Post Guidelines

  • Blog posts must highlight Calaveras County in 400-750 words and include an intriguing title.
  • Content must focus on one or more of the following in Calaveras County:  Recreation, adventure, activities, places, events, interesting facts, or history.
  • Entries should be targeted to potential visitors of the area.
  • 2-3 high resolution photos (at least 4” x 6” and 300 dpi submitted electronically) that depict the subject of your blog post and help tell the story must accompany your submission.

Blog Tips & Inspiration

  • What do you love about Calaveras County that visitors should know about?
  • Visit https://www.gocalaveras.com/directory/calaveras-bloggin/ to see what types of posts we’ve published lately.
  • Look at Calaveras County through the lens of a visitor.  What kinds of area recreation, activities and attractions would they enjoy most?

Important Submission Information

Due to the web-focused aspect of this scholarship, all application materials must be submitted via email to info@gocalaveras.com and include TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line, by February 15, 2013. 

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