Travel & Tourism Scholarships

Here are some of the Travel & Tourism scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

David J. Hallissey Memorial Scholarship

This internship was created for the purpose of encouraging research in the field of tourism. This internship takes place in the Washington Metro area. Candidates must possess at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and provide transcripts from the last academic term. Must be a resident, citizen or legal alien of the United States or Canada. The candidate must be either an undergraduate or graduate student of tourism in a college, university or proprietary travel school and submit proof of such.

Vicki Willder Scholarship Fund

Description:This scholarship was established in memory of Vicki Willder, former KS Food Services employee. Scholarships are to benefit KS Food Services employees and their families. Requirements: Be an employee or the dependent of an employee of Kamehameha Schools food services department or be a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. Preference to students majoring in culinary arts or travel industry management.

IRA Educational Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicant Qualifications To qualify for a scholarship, you must:  Be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois  Be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited culinary school, college or university  Enrolled as a full-time or substantial part-time student, taking a minimum of 9 credit hours each term.  Major in a culinary, restaurant management or foodservice related program Required Documentation To be considered for a scholarship, your application packet must include the following: 1. Signed hard copy of application (typed and fully complete). You may type into the application if your form shows blue boxes that you can type your text into. If not, the document must be printed and then typed. 2. Official transcripts: o Graduating high school seniors: unofficial copies are acceptable, until official copies are released. o Current college students: transcript must be sent for all academic institutions attended. 3. One essay (250 words minimum) 4. Two signed recommendation forms. The letters must be on company or school letterhead. You may submit one additional recommendation.  One from an employer or industry professional  One from an instructor in the restaurant and or foodservice industry must be included. 5. Photocopied documentation of honors and achievements 6. A copy of the acceptance letter from a culinary school, college or university. 7. Verification of work experience. Work experience can include any paid employment, volunteer experiences, community service hours, or kitchen/lab experience as part of your education. You will be judged on the work hours that are verified by the following documents. No other documents will be accepted.  Copies of paycheck stubs. Do not send copies of W-2 forms;  A letter from your employer, supervisor, or teacher verifying your total work hours. It must be on company or school letterhead. The number of work hours must be include. 8. Documentation sent separately (such as transcripts, references) from the application must be postmarked by the application deadline or your application will be disqualified.

Marcia S. Harris Legacy Fund Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria: Marcia Harris had a love for life and a love for the foodservice industry that stood out in even the largest crowds. Her passion and dedication to promoting, protecting and improving the foodservice industry is what drove her day in and day out. Applicants should also posses the qualities of passion, dedication and have a strong desire to improve the foodservice industry through the personal pursuit of professionalism. I. Applicants must be a Maryland resident AND one of the following: 1. High School Senior 2. College Student 3. High School or Post Secondary Instructor who teaches culinary arts or hospitality management courses II. Applicants must also be pursuing or teaching culinary arts or hospitality related coursework. III. Interviews will be required for student finalists

Arthur J Packard Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Arthur J. Packard, who never waited for the lodging industry to ask him to volunteer his time and boundless energy. A third-generation hotelier, his work for AH&LA extended over 30 years -- one of the longest on record. The Packard Competition provides scholarships to the most outstanding student of lodging management and to two runners-up through an annual competition among Foundation affiliated four-year programs. Eligibility Criteria Each university nominates its best qualified student to compete in the national competition. Minimum eligibility criteria for nominees are: Full-time enrollment for the upcoming fall and spring semesters Undergraduate hospitality management major Minimum overall GPA of 3.5 or higher U.S. citizenship or permanent residency Scholarship Awards First-place winner receives a $5,000 scholarship Second-place receives $3,000 Third-place receives $2,000 Application Process Packard Scholarships are School Nominated which means students are nominated by their respective schools. If you're attending a Foundation-affiliated four-year school, request nomination through AH&LEF's Designated Contact, or contact Kelsey Allagood at 202-289-3139 / or Michelle Poinelli at 202-289-3181 / for more information. Currently 76 universities and colleges are affiliated with AH&LEF and qualify as a four-year school. See website for complete list of eligible Packard nomination schools.

IFEC Scholarships for Foodservice Communication Careers

IFEC scholarships are intended to assist students pursuing careers as writers, editors, public relations and marketing communication practitioners and closely related areas within the foodservice industry. EligibilityTo be considered eligible for an award, a student must be currently enrolled and in good standing in a post-secondary, degree-granting educational institution in the U.S. and have an expected graduation date that is after December 31, 2011.The student must show evidence of training, skill and interest in both foodservice and the communication arts. The combination of studies and/or work experience in both the foodservice field and the communication arts is necessary. Applicants should have a strong academic record, good character references and demonstrate financial need. Majors considered applicable in the foodservice area include culinary arts, hotel, restaurant and institutional management, hospitality management, dietetics, nutrition, food science and technology, and related studies. Applicable majors in the communication area include journalism, public relations, mass communication, English, broadcast journalism, marketing, photography, graphic arts, and related studies.

Pouhana Hokele Scholarship

Student must be of Hawaiian ancestry and majoring in travel industry management. This award is renewable for up to four years. This scholarship is a partnership between the Hawai’i Hotel Industry Foundation and the Ke Ali`i Pauahi Foundation of the Kamehameaha Schools. For information and an application, see

Scholarship Award Program

Over $1,700,000 in tuition scholarships are being offered in both degree and diploma programs to Florida high school graduates. These scholarships are available in such diverse specialties as business administration, electronic engineering technology, drafting and computer assisted design, secretarial, fashion merchandising and design, accounting, cartooning/illustration, court reporting, professional mariner, culinary arts, hospitality management, private investigation, nail and skin care technology, respiratory therapy technician, travel and tourism, cosmetology, video film production and recording arts, automotive service technology, photography, industrial design technology, music and video business, allied health administration, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, paralegal studies, interior design, therapeutic massage, rescue and advanced open water diving, cardiovascular technologist, visual communication, medical or dental assisting and other business, health care and technical/career fields.

ABA Member Scholarships

7 Scholarships, open to ABA members only at $2,500 each. Eligible applicants are full-time employees or the dependent children of full-time employees of ABA member companies. The eligible employee must have been employed by an ABA member company (in good standing) for at least one year as of January 1 in the year in which the scholarships are awarded. The winners or the parents of the winners must still be employed in the spring when the winners are selected. The applicant must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student, and must have a declared major or course of study that is relevant to the transportation, travel, and tourism industries and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (B Average). Online Application (January - April Only)

EF FCSI Scholarship

To apply for an EF FCSI Scholarship you must meet the following: 1. Currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university with hospitality/foodservice as your major. 2. Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point (GPA) on a scale of 4.0. 3. Have completed an internship or have a minimum of 3-years of practical work/education in hospitality industry. 4. Completely and honestly complete the application. 5. Include a cover letter stating your intended use of the award, including a list of extracurricular activities and organizations outside of school and your personal statement of career goals related to hospitality and a short autobiography. Must be no more than two pages in length, typed double space. The completed Application must include: 1. Application completed in full 2. Supporting documents 3. Two recommendations a. Letter of recommendation by a FACULTY Member or INSTRUCTOR b. Letter of recommendation from an EMPLOYER or INDUSTRY SPONSOR 4.Official transcript of grades from the educational institution where you are currently enrolled (if undergraduate must have completed two years of study. Selection Criteria 1. The Board of Directors of the FCSI Division selects scholarship recipients based on scholarship achievements and letters of recommendation. 2. The amount to be awarded will depend on the amount of scholarship funds available and the number of requests received 3. Past recipients are eligible to reapply, however new applicants will be given preference.

Bill Moon Scholarship

For more than 20 years the Bill Moon Scholarship Program has been changing lives. The scholarship provides much needed and deserved assistance to industry students planning for their post-secondary education and has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships. Each year since 1993 The NATSO Foundation has awarded scholarships of $2,500 each to selected industry employees and their children to help offset the cost of a college education. In 2013, the NATSO Foundation Board of Directors elected to raise the amount of the scholarship to $5,000. Moon lost his battle with cancer in 1992, but left a legacy that is carried on today by Carolyn and the Moon children. Fittingly, the scholarship program was named in his memory. Each spring the NATSO Foundation releases the scholarship application and applicants are judged by a independent review with selections based on academic merit, financial need, community activities and a short essay. Bill Moon Scholarship will open in the Fall. For additional information, contact Taryn Brice-Rowland at or (703) 739-8564.

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