SOURCE: Allianz Global Assistance USA

Allianz Global Assistance USA

January 30, 2015 14:05 ET

"ScholarTrips" Contest Winners Announced by Allianz Global Assistance

Leading Travel Insurer Provides Another Year of Scholarship Grants for Students Traveling Abroad

RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwired - January 30, 2015) - Allianz Global Assistance USA has announced the winners of the 2014 annual "ScholarTrips" video contest. Created to give students the opportunity to travel abroad, Allianz Global Assistance and its travel agent partners donated over $90,000 in grants and insurance coverage to students across the country. Each of this year's winners is being awarded a grant of $1,500 for travel expenses and is covered by Allianz Travel Insurance for the duration of their trip.

"At Allianz, we believe that traveling opens your eyes to the world and its different cultures," said Joe Mason, chief marketing officer of Allianz Global Assistance USA. "And, we believe our "Scholartrips" program provides the funding for smart, creative students to do just that."

All high school and college students who want to study or volunteer abroad were eligible to enter. The contest required applicants to submit a video detailing why they want to travel abroad and how they will benefit from such an experience. Video submissions were later reviewed by a panel of travel professionals who selected a group of ten candidates to be a part of the group of ScholarTrips' student travelers.

The expert panel of travel professionals consisted of:

Scott Koepf, Vice President of Sales for Avoya Travel

Karyn Todd, Senior Vice President for

Lee Hurd, Executive Vice President for AMEX/Bursch Travel

Rick Zimmerman, Owner of KHM Travel Group

Ira Kaplan, Owner of Cruise Holidays Marlboro

David Smalis, Lodging Reservations Assistant Manager for Deer Valley

The 2015 ScholarTrips winners and videos are:

  • Meredith White, Houston, TX
  • Nathan Murray, Columbus, OH
  • Kewaan Drayton, Tallahassee, FL
  • Linda Nadine Wolff, Los Osos, CA
  • Christopher Miglioranzi, New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • Kristin Witcher, Athens, GA
  • Katlyn Powers, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Christine Emory, Westminster, CO
  • Rachel Peterson, Carterville, IL
  • Madelyn Harris, Glendora, CA

You can watch all of the winning videos here

Allianz Global Assistance USA

Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. We insure 16 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers 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 health insurers, property and casualty insurers, and credit card companies.

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Allianz Global Assistance is an international leader in assistance, travel insurance and health, life & home care services, with operation centers in 34 countries. The company has more than 13,000 employees who speak 58 different languages and work throughout the world with an extensive network of quality service providers covering 167 countries.


Allianz is ranked 27th in the Forbes Global 2000 (2014) and is the 55th most valuable global brand (Interbrand, 2014). Allianz has 144,000 employees worldwide and 83 million customers in more than 70 countries. In 2013, Allianz had 110.8 billion euros in revenue and over 1,770 billion euros under management. 

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