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Monday, June 10, 2013

Tourism Cares Awards $70,500 in Academic Scholarships

 Tourism Cares, the travel and tourism industry’s leading non-profit organization for preserving the travel experience for future generations, is pleased to award $70,500 in academic scholarships to 55 travel, tourism, and hospitality students attending colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. These scholarships are funded by Tourism Cares and funds donated by members of NTA, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the International Airlines Travel Agent (IATA). The scholarships are awarded each year to students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate level travel, tourism, and hospitality degrees at accredited colleges and universities.

The academic scholarship recipients are also invited to attend the Tourism Cares Mentoring Program at the annual NTA/UMA Travel Exchange in February of 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The program gives students the opportunity to shadow professional mentors, build their professional network, and attend industry workshops.

“Tourism Cares is dedicated to building a strong workforce for the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. I congratulate the 55 academic scholarship recipients being awarded this year and feel confident our student programs will help cultivate their potential as future leaders of the industry.” – Bruce Beckham, Executive Director, Tourism Cares

For specific information on scholarship recipients and their educational institutions, click here.

A word from our funding associations:
“NTA believes that generating a strong workforce for the tourism industry begins with supporting students who are completing their educational goals in travel and tourism fields,” said Lisa Simon, CTP, NTA president. “We have a valued heritage of providing scholarships, internships and student mentoring, and NTA is proud to be an active participant of the Tourism Cares student programs.”

“ASTA congratulates all of the students who received a Tourism Cares scholarship,” said Zane Kerby, ASTA CEO. “These students represent the next wave of leadership for our industry. ASTA appreciates and thanks Tourism Cares for their careful management of the ASTA scholarships.”

“The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is committed to continually growing and supporting the Travel and Tourism sector” said Mr Jean-Charles Odele Gruau, International Air Transport Association (IATA), It is very rewarding to support these students that represent the next generation of young professionals, determined to excel and make a difference in this very rewarding and ever evolving industry!”

About Tourism Cares

Tourism Cares is an innovative nonprofit organization working to preserve the travel experience for future generations in three important ways: awarding grants to tourism sites around the world, hosting volunteer restoration projects designed specifically for travel professionals, and building the future tourism workforce through scholarship, mentoring and internship programs.

For more information about Tourism Cares, please visit www.TourismCares.org.