RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Allianz Global Assistance USA, a leading provider of travel insurance*, has announced the winners of its 2016 annual "ScholarTrips" essay and video contest. More than 70 students have received nearly $40,000 in prizes in this year's contest, bringing total prizes awarded by the program to almost $150,000. Due to an overwhelming number of entries received, prizes were dramatically expanded for this year's contest. The ScholarTrips program seeks to recognize college and high school students who want to explore the world and has provided funding to contest winners since 2004. The contest requires students to submit a video or essay that answers the question: What inspires you to travel abroad?
This year, the company received a record-setting 1,200 entries. Six First Place winners received $2,500, Ten Second Place Winners received $1,500 and 25 Third Place winners received $500 each. Thirty other finalists received $50 gift cards. Each video or essay was scored based on its passion, impact and creativity. Samples of outstanding entries include Micah Stubbs' "More than Potatoes," Lalese Stamps' "London Here I Come," and Elaina Cole's "Screen Saver." A full list of winners can be found on the ScholarTrips website. Allianz Global Assistance hopes that winners will use their awards to help fund their desire to travel to new places and experience new cultures.
"We were overwhelmed by the record-setting number of entries we received in this year's ScholarTrips contest," said Joe Mason, Chief Marketing Officer at Allianz Global Assistance USA. "Based on that enthusiasm, we decided to increase the number of winners who received prizes in the hope that more students would be motivated to travel. We feel strongly that travel brings people closer together and makes the world a better place and we're honored to sponsor this terrific contest."
For more information, including rules and a full list of winners, please visit ScholarTrips.org.
Allianz Global Assistance USA
Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. We provide insurance to 21 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.
* - Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan's Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, depending on state of residence. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. Non-insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.
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