There may be relatively low barriers to entry when it comes to starting a blog, but in order to get to the next level of blogging success sometimes there are investments to make. For many bloggers, that includes attending a blogging conference in order to meet and learn from the people who have blazed the trail. The price tag on big conferences can be cost-prohibitive for some bloggers just starting out, which is why we’re excited to announce today the launch of the New Media Expo University Scholarship.

New Media Expo, TBEX’s parent company, is the first and only industry-wide tradeshow, conference and media event dedicated to promoting blogging and new media. It’s an awesome opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of the leaders in our still-growing world. With today’s announcement of a New Media Expo University Scholarship, attending the conference is about to become easier for one person.

What You Can Win

Offered as part of the new New Media Expo University (#NMXU) educational project, this scholarship will provide a complete educational experience at New Media Expo in Las Vegas from January 6-8, 2013, to one lucky recipient. The #NMXU scholarship winner will receive:

  • A three-day Blogger/Podcaster/Web TV & Video pass
  • Travel from anywhere in the Continental United States
  • Four days hotel stay at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (while New Media Expo ’13 is in session)

Who Can Apply

The scholarship is only open to content creators – that means bloggers, podcasters, or webTV/video producers – who are in the early stages of their new media careers or promising up-and-comers but who may not have the financial means to attend NMX otherwise. The #NMXU scholarship is open to applicants from anywhere in the world, but please note that the scholarship only includes transportation to/from Las Vegas once you’re in the continental U.S. Two runners up will each receive a three day Blogger/Podcaster/WebTV and Video pass.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through October 31, and you’ll need to answer an essay question in your chosen medium – a 250-word written paragraph, a 30-second audio recording, or a 30-second video. The #NMXU Deans (AKA judges) will review all entries and choose the eventual scholarship recipient.

You’ll find all the details about how to enter, what’s expected of the #NMXU scholarship recipient while at the conference, who the Deans are, and a link to the application form on the #NMXU page.

What are you waiting for?

We love all sorts of bloggers, and of course we’d be over the moon if a TBEXer was chosen to receive the #NMXU scholarship. We know there are plenty of you who are just getting started with travel blogging and want to kick-start your learning curve – and this is a fine way to do it. So get your thinking caps on, put together a great application, and GOOD LUCK!

(Oh, and hey – when you’re telling your friends about it on the Twitterz, be sure to use the #NMXU hashtag, wouldja?)

photo by Ken Yeung @thekenyeung