Posted on September 24, 2015
The Visit Baltimore Foundation was established to help Baltimore area residents gain skills and improve their career opportunities in the City’s tourism industry. This includes offering scholarships to support local students pursuing tourism related degrees at regional institutions of higher learning; and, current employees as well as local residents of all ages wanting to advance their career through additional certification, continuing education or other professional development.
Professional Development Scholarships - 2016 CYCLE NOW OPEN! APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.
For individuals looking to enter OR currently working within Baltimore’s meetings and tourism industry and taking courses or programs for additional certification, product knowledge and/or other professional training. Dollars are also available for individuals employed by Baltimore's cultural and heritage non-profit tourism community to attend educational conferences and workshops so long as he/she will benefit from the professional development opportunity, and, whose participation will help strengthen the capacity of local organizations to attract and serve visitors.
Note - Conference scholarships are subject to additional eligibility requirements including: 1) Individuals working a minimum of 35 hours per week for at least 6 months; AND, 2) Employed by non-profits in Baltimore’s cultural or heritage tourism community with annual operating budgets less than $2,000,000 and whereby funds for such professional development are not readily available.
For an overview of the scholarship program, eligibility criteria and application instructions on how to apply click here.
To download the application form click here. Please note - Type written applications and essays are preferred.
All applications for the 2016 cycle must be postmarked by September 30, 2016. Award notifications will be made by October 30, 2016.
Academic Scholarships – 2016 Cycle has concluded. 2017 Cycle opens March 2017.
For students enrolled at an accredited, post-secondary institution in the State of Maryland (preference given to City residents and/or attending insitutions in the greater Baltimore area) and pursuing associate/undergraduate/gradute degrees in a tourism-related program, including but not limited to:
- Hospitality Management;
- Food service and the Culinary Arts;
- Museum Studies; and/or
- Other Marketing/Event/Nonprofit/Business majors as long as the applicant can demonstrate his/her intent to utilize these skills in the hospitality, meetings or tourism industry.
Eligible students can receive up to $5,000 for tuition & fee expenses. Applications will be considered on a merit-basis inclusive of academic record, letters of recommendation, written essay and tourism industry experience. Priority consideration given to Baltimore City residents.