Monthly Archives: October 2018

Backroads Accepting Applications for 2019 Trip Leader Positions

Apply Now for One of the Adventure Travel Industry’s Best Jobs

Backroads, the World’s #1 Active Travel Company, today announced it is now accepting applications for Trip Leader, Camp Crew and Trip Prep Specialist positions for the 2019 season. Backroads runs biking, hiking, multi-adventure, family, private and active ocean and river cruise trips all over the world on six continents and in more than 60 countries. Every year Backroads hires seasonal employees for the job of a lifetime.

Backroads Trip Leaders are recognized as the best in the travel industry, consistently earning a 97% approval rating from guests for their outstanding performance as interpreters, facilitators, ambassadors and all-around sources of inspiration and goodwill. Competition for these coveted roles is tough; according to the Washington Post (April 17, 2017), securing a field position with Backroads can be compared to gaining acceptance to an Ivy League college. But for those willing to brave the competition, their efforts are rewarded with the opportunity to live and work in some of the most desired travel destinations in the world, including America’s national parks, Italy, Patagonia, Iceland, Hawaii and more. Trip Leaders provide exceptional customer service with all the on-trip support, equipment and logistics, so Backroads guests are free to explore actively and stress free while traveling with the company.

“If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Backroads Trip Leader, we’d love to hear from you,” said Tom Hale, Founder and President of Backroads. “We are looking for passionate applicants who love people, customer service, problem solving and most of all exploring the world under your own power.”

To qualify, applicants must be 21 years of age or older, hold a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, and English fluency. As an active professional, all applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds of weight.

A pioneer in active and adventure travel, Backroads’ celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019. Backroads was founded on the principles of creating extraordinary experiences for its guests, being the most guest-focused travel company on the planet and incorporating the highest quality possible into the philosophy and fabric of the company.

For more information and to apply go to:

About Backroads
Backroads was founded in 1979 by Tom Hale and has been in business for more than 39 years. The company hosts thousands of guests each year, 75% of whom are repeat guests or referrals from past guests, in hundreds of locations across the globe. Backroads is a founding member of the Adventure Collection. For more information, please visit or call 800-462-2848 daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific time.

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Liz Einbinder

Scholarships Announced by The Garden Club of America

FOR RELEASEOctober 22, 2018

The Garden Club of America (GCA) offers environmental and horticulture-related scholarships at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with applications now being accepted.  Deadlines are January and February, 2019 (see individual applications for specific deadlines).

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $308,000 in 2018.  GCA scholarships are available to qualified students seeking funding for study or research in the areas of Botany, Coastal Wetland Studies, Conservation, Desert Studies, Ecology, Garden History & Design, Horticulture, International Study, Landscape Architecture, Native Bird Habitat, Native Plant Studies, Pollinator Research, Public Horticulture, and Urban Forestry.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in U.S. institutions.

More information about GCA scholarships may be found at Follow @GCAScholarships on Twitter to receive the most recent updates about scholarship offerings and news about the recipients and their research.  For additional information, email

The GCA is a nonprofit national organization composed of 200 clubs with nearly 18,000 club members who devote energy and expertise to projects in their communities and across the United States.  Founded in 1913, the GCA is a leader in horticulture, conservation, creative arts, historic preservation, and environmental protection.

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Jennifer Barnette

The Garden Club of America
14 East 60th Street New York, New York 10022-1006

Score the Best Deals, Shopping and Entertainment with Amazon’s Prime Student

Best sellers among Prime Student members this off-to-college season include: Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Amazon Basics Lightning Cable, and SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSD

SEATTLE, Wash. – October 17, 2018 – As students settle into dorm rooms and adjust to this semester’s class schedule, Amazon has the best first lesson – Prime Student. Exclusively available for students enrolled in two- and four-year colleges, Prime Student makes life on campus easier. This year, some of the top-selling products that college students are using include Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice RemoteAmazonBasics Lightning to USB A CableBIC Round Stic Grip Xtra Comfort Ballpoint PenSanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter and the iClicker2 student remote.

Prime Student is a membership from Amazon designed specifically for college students to enjoy the best of shopping and entertainment. Nowhere else can students go to get thousands of movies and TV shows to instantly watch, stream music, receive discounts on college essentials, and get fast, free shipping all in one place. After the six-month trial, Prime Student is 50% off a regular Prime membership (that’s more than one semester!). Here is the scoop on the top benefits students can score from signing up for Prime Student.

1. Exclusive Student Deals: Prime Student members receive exclusive perks and deals tailored to meet students’ needs. Save while shopping on items that will help get you through the school year, from late night study snacks to dorm décor essentials.

2. Unlimited Entertainment: Get instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan or Emmy-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselwith Prime Video. Plus, explore more than two million songs and over one thousand playlists and stations as part of your paid membership through Prime Music.

3. Game Time: If you have a Twitch account, connect it to your Prime membership and start enjoying a selection of free games, in-game loot for some of the world’s most popular titles, and a subscription to your favorite Twitch broadcaster every 30 days. You’ll soon become everyone’s favorite room to game in with Twitch Prime.

4. Get Everything Fast: It’s not easy to trek off campus to get things you need, and we know that when you need something, you need it fast.Prime members receive FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns.

5. New Semester Wardrobe: Shop for the latest college styles and trends using Prime Wardrobe – a new service that lets you try before you buy the latest styles from Amazon. Simply try-on at home, decide what you like and only be charged for what you keep.

6. Selfie Storage: You don’t ever need to worry about seeing the “Storage Full” notification pop up on your phone. Download the free Amazon Photos app to upload, store, and share unlimited photos, selfies and Boomerangs with your friends.

Plus, students can purchase, rent or trade in textbooks all on Amazon – if you’ve got old textbooks lying around, trade them in to receive an Amazon gift card. And if you already know what classes you’re taking in the fall, save up to 85% and rent a textbook using Amazon. With either option, you can enjoy free two-day shipping with Prime Student. Following a six-month trial, a Prime Student membership is 50 percent off a regular Prime membership. To sign up, visit

About Amazon Prime Student
Millions of members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime Student. Amazon Prime Student gives college students FREE One-Day Shipping and FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns, unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items, plus unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and free unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos.

Students can sign up for a six-month trial of Prime Student to access these benefits. After that it’s just $59 a year or $6.49 a month — half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership — and includes over two million songs with Prime Music. To learn more, visit

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Paruul Batra
Amazon PR

Phi Kappa Phi Accepting Applications for Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, is now accepting applications for its Dissertation Fellowship Program. Ten fellowships of $10,000 each will be awarded.

Introduced in 2014, the program is designed to support doctoral candidates who are writing their dissertations. To be eligible, applicants must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the November 30 deadline including approval of the dissertation proposal.

“It is an honor to receive the Dissertation Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi,” said Malinee Neelamegam, a 2018 Dissertation Fellow. “The ABD finish line is challenging, and the fellowship will allow me to work towards completing my doctoral journey successfully. Beyond the financial assistance, the fellowship provides doctoral students like me the motivation and reassurance of the importance of the work we do.”

The selection process for a dissertation fellowship examines how the fellowship will contribute to the completion of the dissertation, the significance of original research, and endorsement by the dissertation chair. Recipients will receive $10,000 to apply toward 12 months of dissertation writing.

The dissertation fellowships are part of the Society’s robust portfolio of award programs, which give nearly $1 million each year to outstanding members through graduate fellowships, study abroad grants, funding for post-baccalaureate development, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

The deadline to submit an application for a dissertation fellowship is November 30, 2018, and recipients will be notified by March 1, 2019. For full eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit


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