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The School Youth Travel Association Foundation is offering $1,000 "Road" Scholarships for students under age 26 toward the cost of taking part in an educational trip sponsored by a school or other type of youth group. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, five times a year, and must include a nomination by a teacher or adult group leader.

The Michigan-based School Youth Travel Association also sponsors an annual "The World is a Classroom" essay contest for high school students. Submissions, due by Aug. 12, must be 500 words or less. The essay should describe what the writer learned on a favorite student trip, whether the destination was a local aquarium, a national monument or another country. The winner receives a $750 scholarship.

To obtain applications and rules, or to make a donation to support the scholarships, visit or call (248) 693-1872.

Associated Press