First IFWTWA WiFTy Scholarship Awarded to Las Vegas Travel Write

First WiFTy Scholarship Awarded to Las Vegas Travel Writer

Travel Journalist JoAnna Haugen

Travel Journalist JoAnna Haugen


October, 2009.            The Board of Directors of International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association is pleased to announce the results of the first annual competition for the organization’s WiFTy Scholarship. After careful deliberation, the Board chose JoAnna Haugen of Las Vegas, Nevada as the scholarship winner for her story Cusco, Peru: the Heart of the Inca Empire”.

Haugen states “I read about the IfWTWA scholarship on Twitter and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would apply for it. When I traveled to Peru in April, I knew that Cusco had a story as the hub to the Inca Trail. Winning is already an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to meeting many seasoned writers on the grand prize cruise. I have no doubt it will be an education I shall never forget”.

Haugen’s Grand Prize award includes:

  • An invitation to join fellow IFWTWA members aboard Holland America’s ms Eurodam for the 2010 Conference at Sea, January 2010
  • A one year membership in IFWTWA
  • The winning entry will be published in Global Writes, the IFWTWA online magazine.

Honorable Mention candidates who won a one-year membership in IFWTWA came from around the globe:

1.       Warren Bobrow – Morristown, NJ

2.       Sarah Ring – Las Cruces, NM

3.       Melissa Leong – Sydney, Australia

4.       Stacey Holtzer – Houston, TX

5.       Naomi Abeliovich – Jerusalem, Israel

6.       Anne Gaelle Laplanche – Rockville, MD

7.       Kathleen Ann Gurchiek – Woodbridge, VA

8.       Hieu Huynh – Atlanta, GA

9.       Amanda Miccio – Franklin Square, NY

10.   Aya Lowe – Dubai, UAE

11.   Lauren Issaeff – Denver, CO

12.   Shamanth Rao – Calicut, Kerala, India

13.   LuAnn Schindler – Ewing, NE

14.  Marnely Rodriguez – Hyde Park, NY

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For more info:

Leigh Cort

904-806-3613

leighcort@bellsouth.net

Member of IFWTWA Board of Directors

Publicity Chairman

www.ifwtwa.org

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