Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 3:15pm
(Baltimore, MD) – The Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation today announced it has awarded ten academic scholarships and professional development grants in 2016. These awards, totaling $19,665, mark the completion of the second full cycle of the Foundation’s biannual scholarship and grant making calendar.
Academic scholarships were awarded in summer 2016 to five students attending four different Baltimore area institutions in the 2016-2017 academic year. Scholarship recipients included Aidan Alston, BA candidate at Coppin State University; Patrick Cutter, MA candidate at Johns Hopkins University; Ayana Bass, MA candidate at Morgan State University; Jodian Hamilton, BA candidate at Morgan State University; and Malcolm Grimes, AA candidate at Stratford University. Each student was given $2,500 towards tuition and fee costs associated with his or her hospitality or related business degree program.
Last week, the Foundation awarded five professional development scholarships. Included in these awards were the Foundation’s first professional development grants to local service organizations.
Baltimore Outreach Services (BOS) helps Baltimore’s homeless women help themselves and their children by providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, educational programming, health and mental health services, job training and employment counseling. Included in BOS’s educational programming is an 8-week culinary job training in which students are taught the essential skills required to obtain an entry-level job in the food service industry. BOS’s 2016 grant funds will underwrite a paid 8-week, 40 hour-per-week internship in the professional kitchen of a local hospitality venue for one program graduate.
“Our culinary job training program recently graduated its 26th class of women with a post-graduation employment success rate of 60-65% - remarkable for our population which has significant barriers to employment,” said Donna Rich, Deputy Director. “Graduates already work in a variety of hospitality-related business, such as Hyatt Regency Hotel, but we need more funding and more employer partners willing to give our women a chance. Funding and collaboration with the Foundation will not only provide valuable, paid job experience for a BOS culinary graduate – it will also help us to develop partnerships with even more prospective hospitality employers in the future.”
“We are honored to support Baltimore Outreach Services and their valuable contributions to our community,” said Lauren Hopper, Director of Human Resources for Hyatt Regency Baltimore. “It is so important for us to care for and make an impact in the cities we call home, and this program gives us the great opportunity to give back to the local organizations that do so much for our city.”
My Sister’s Place Women’s Center (MSPWC) provides women pathways to increased income, improved health, sustainable housing and community integration. Visit Baltimore Foundation’s grant will support MSWPC’s 12-week Learn to Earn internship program including culinary and clerical work experience at local restaurants and hotels.
“Upon our clients’ completion of the internship program, MSPWC will partner with local tourism and hospitality employers such at Hotel Indigo, the Marriott hotels, the Gallery at Harborplace, the Science Center, National Aquarium, and others to connect our clients to jobs that will offer them a career path, which in turn will strengthen Baltimore’s surrounding communities and bolster tourist destinations,” said Amy Collier, community services director.
Individual scholarships were awarded to assist local employees in expanding their professional capacity and, in turn, the capacity of Baltimore area attractions and businesses to attract and serve our visitors by pursuing valuable training or attending a transformative educational conference. Awardees include:
- Roshé Anthony, owner of Roshe Cosmetics and a Visit Baltimore member, was granted first-time attendance at the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit held in Baltimore November 2-4, 2016.
- Natalie West-Makel, an adjunct instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County and a Certified Tourism AmbassadorTM, teaches events as a business. She will be pursuing a professional certificate in event management at the George Washington University Event Management Institute.
- Amelia Rambissoon, development and office manager at Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc., will attend the 2017 Interactive Conference track at South By Southwest in Austin, TX.
Several award winners addressed in their application the ripple effect benefits of their proposed professional development activity on the individuals and organizations in their own networks.
“As a lifelong [Baltimore] resident, it’s exciting to witness the positive changes and how we handle challenges, and it’s an amazing experience to be able to contribute to the growth of a stronger city,” said Rambissoon. “I’m very interested in further building my network in the region and [being] involved in extraordinary developments throughout Station North while devising unique ways to increase resident and visitor participation.”
ABOUT THE VISIT BALTIMORE FOUNDATION
An independent, 501 (c)(3) public charity, the Visit Baltimore Education & Training Foundation, Inc. was founded to promote and support Baltimore City and the local tourism community. The Foundation has two key goals: 1) to help Baltimore City’s young people and local residents build a career in the tourism industry through mentorship and scholarships; and, 2) over time, to educate the public about Baltimore’s unique history and assets through dedicated heritage and multicultural tourism programs and events. Learn more at www.baltimore.org/foundation.