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Scholarship Contest Details

Take a photo from vacation and write the destination, how you got there, and any tricks you used to save money (Any way you save money traveling counts, this can be carpooling, finding a great deal on a hotel or Air BnB, staying with friends or family, using credit card reward points or any other money-saving tricks you’ve tried!) Our favorites will be featured on the site and the winner will receive a $500 scholarship!

*Any vacation photo taken in the last two years is eligible. Although all photographs taken from any advice are eligible, we are mainly looking for pictures that showcase a scene at a destination. So selfies and pictures that are heavily filtered are unlikely to win or be featured.

This scholarship is open to candidates from the U.S. only. Please keep in mind that because we receive so many applications, we are not able to respond to each and every submission and will not do so unless your entry is featured on the site or you are the winner of the scholarship.


Scholarship Eligibility

This scholarship is open to candidates from the U.S. only. To qualify, you must be a current student or planning to enroll in higher education for the Fall semester:

  • Graduating high school senior with college acceptance
  • Current undergraduate student
  • Current graduate student


Please email your photo and information to JJTravelScholarships@gmail.com and include the following information:

  • Name
  • School you’re attending/have been accepted to attend
  • Major/planned major
  • Expected graduation date
  • Phone number
  • Email address


Scholarship Deadline

All entries for the Fall scholarship must be sent in by August 1st, 2020.

Sample Entry


Place: Chantemerle-lès-Grignan, Rhone-Alpes, France. Taken March 3rd 2019.

Trip Savings: I used my extra Chase Ultimate Rewards points from my Chase Sapphire Preferred card to get a free flight.


*Remember, you don’t need to fly across the globe or visit a castle to have a great vacation. Entries will be judged on the aesthetic of the photo and how helpful the money-saving tips are. There are plenty of places around the US that we’d love to see!


Privacy Policy

All of the student applicants’ information will be kept confidential. The only information that will be released is the name of the winner and which school they are attending along with their contest photo.


Previous Winners

Our first winner of the scholarship contest is Josh McCormick, an IT and Networking major from Chippewa Valley Technical College, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! Here is his photo from Antelope Canyon:


You can view a full-sized version of the photo here.

Place: Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona. Taken March 19, 2019

Trip Savings: We were on a very tight budget so saving as much money was essential for our trip. We cut down costs by bringing a cooler full of snacks and meals to limit eating out. We cashed in our reward points from our Capital One Venture card and hotels.com to save on hotels, and we also used promotional deals on booking.com to save on hotel costs and spent 2 nights sleeping in the car. We also used the mobile app “GasBuddy” to find the cheapest gas prices in the area to fill up.

Runners Up

Another example of a great entry is from LeAnne Farmer, a PhD student from Grand Canyon University! Her photo is from a trip to Colorado:


You can view the full-size image here.


Place:  Mosquito Pass, Rocky Mountains, CO. Taken July 28, 2019

Trip Savings:

This photo was taken on our recent trip to Colorado. In choosing from 1,600 pictures of incredible sites from this trip, I chose this one because it represents more of what travel is to me. It is not always about the destination, but the journey. To me, it is taking in the little things along the way, and enjoying the road less traveled.

For this trip, we used our Southwest card with the companion pass. I had $100 credit from a previously delayed flight and I keep tabs on Southwest’s deals, so when they had a sale, we jumped on it, resulting in a round trip total for both of us of $72. Of course, flexibility on days of travel is important so I compared rates for different dates and times. Because Southwest does 2 free checked bags, we loaded one with food so we would only have to eat out once a day. Camping gear filled another bag and we camped 3 of the nights.

FreeRoam is a terrific free app that provides tons of helpful information on campgrounds and free places to camp, and even includes information on cost, facilities and hazards. Since we were traveling 1,600 miles during the week, consulting GasBuddy and Google maps helped find the cheapest gas options. Gas prices varied as much as $1/gallon depending on the location, so planning when and where to fill up made a big difference!  We utilized AirBnB for 2 nights to keep lodging costs down when camping wasn’t an option (including a fun stay in a tepee). With Google searches, I found that AirBnB isn’t always the cheapest option, so I price compared lodging for the nights we didn’t camp. It was amazing how shopping around for car rental options outside of the airport paid off.

Booking online from a Budget rental location 10 miles from the airport reduced the cost of our Jeep from $1500 to $300. Uber was an inexpensive option from the airport to the rental agency, and Budget even allowed us to return the Jeep at the airport for free, saving an Uber cost back (it never hurts to ask!). Buying the America the Beautiful Pass saved us money as we visited four national parks and other Federal recreation lands (and we will save even more over the course of the year). Of course, consulting Groupon is a great option for fun, local activities at reduced prices, and we took advantage of free factory tours from Celestial Seasonings and Denver Distillery.

We use our Capital One Venture card for purchases whenever possible to rack up points for travel and lodging expenses and have been able to pay for entire trips while making everyday purchases. Our Colorado adventure was an incredible trip packed with unforgettable memories that was made affordable with some planning, time, and effort. I can’t wait for the next adventure!

Johnny Jet Editorial

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