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 has concluded. 2018 Cycle opens August 2018.
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. 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.
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.