Scholarship Program

Posted on September 24, 2015

The Visit Baltimore Foundation offers funding to support students pursuing tourism related degrees at regional institutions of higher learning; current employees as well as local residents of all ages wanting to advance their career through additional certification, continuing education or other professional development; and, organizations providing valuable workforce development in Baltimore's hospitality and tourism sector.

Professional Development Scholarships - 2017 CYCLE NOW OPEN.

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.  

Up to $2,000 per individual award is available. 

Download the Criteria and Overview HERE.

Download the Application Form HERE (opens in a .word document).

*Funds are also available for local not-for-profit organizations leading workforce development programs to help City residents get job-ready in the hospitality and tourism space.  These funds are available through an invitation-only grant process.  If you are interested or want to recommend a local provider, please email us at [email protected]

Need inspiration?  View a summary of just a few certification, continuing education and other workshop providers here.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017 / Award Notification Deadline: October 13, 2017 


Academic Scholarships – 2017 Cycle has concluded.  2018 Cycle opens March/April 2018.

For students enrolled at an accredited, post-secondary institution in the State of Maryland (preference given to City residents and/or attending institutions in the greater Baltimore area) and pursuing associate/undergraduate/graduate degrees in a tourism-related program, including but not limited to:

  • Hospitality Management;
  • Food service and the Culinary Arts;
  • Sales and Marketing;
  • Non-Profit or 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 in individual awards 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. 

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The Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation is an independent, 501 (c) (3) public charity. Anyone can donate to the Foundation to further the goal of helping Baltimore’s tourism community grow and thrive.