Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College Scholarship Program

2017 Scholarship Information 

VisitLEX along with Bluegrass Hospitality Association and Bluegrass Tourism Marketing

Association will be providing two (2) one year scholarships to the Southeast Tourism Society’s
(STS) Marketing College. The scholarships will be awarded to a Fayette County tourism
professional that has demonstrated an interest in making tourism a career. Criteria includes a
minimum of two years of experience in tourism or a tourism related field, must be a member of
BHA or BTMA and participants are required to attend all classes. See attached application for
full details.

STS Marketing College is a three‐year education program for members of the tourism industry
in the Southeast United States. The program provides an opportunity for participants already in
the tourism industry to experience a curriculum designed to teach marketing techniques
applicable to all areas of the tourism industry. Participation in continuing education programs
will help improve our overall destination and we encourage everyone interested to consider
STS Marketing College. Courses will be held at North Georgia College & State University in
Dahlonega, GA. Students who complete three years of Marketing College receive a Travel
Marketing Professional (TMP) certification. Participants are encouraged to attend STS annual
conferences for year round networking and educational opportunities.

BHA, BTMA and VisitLEX will be offering two scholarships each year to STS Marketing College.
Prior participants and prior scholarship recipients are welcome to apply. The deadline for
application, including supporting documents, are due to VisitLEX by January 13, 2017.
Scholarship covers tuition, books and materials, single occupancy room in the dormitory and
meals in the campus dining hall. VisitLEX will make the check payable directly to STS. The
scholarship is open to first, second and third year applicants and based on criteria established
by the scholarship sponsors. Details included in application.
2017 BHA Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 BHA Scholarship Winners:

Rebecca Rumentzas and Judy Nguyen
of Transylvania University
and Andrea Spitale of the University of Kentucky!

Rebecca Rumentzas

  • Major: Business Administration with a Hospitality Concentration and a Psychology Minor
  • Employment: Catering Coordinator at Panera Bread and previous Disney Cast Member
  • Campus Involvement: Member of Student Activities Board, First Year Engagements Scholar, and Member of Senior Challenge Committee, Mentee for 100 Doors Program
  • Career Aspirations: I would like to pursue a career that helps create long lasting memories, while helping people achieve their dreams. I would love to be a Cast Member again for The Walt Disney Company

Judy Nguyen

  • Major: Business Administration with a Concentration in Hospitality and Communication Minor
  • Employment: Transylvania University Library Circulation Desk Assistance and Transylvania's Alumni Office Annual Giving Representative
  • Campus Involvement: TU Culinary Club (Community Manager; planning community service events around campus and the Lexington community for the club members to participant in)
  • Career Aspirations: To be an event and wedding planner, where I can take my passions for creativity, serving others, and organization to help take off stress and make a day that is memorable for all clients (such as clients and event host/hostess)

Andrea Spitale

  • Major: Hospitality Management with a minor in Business
  • Employment: University of Kentucky athletics' event management team
  • Career Aspirations: To work in event management, specifically within the sports industry. Ultimately upon graduating college in 2019, she looks forward to moving to a big city to follow her dreams of becoming an event planner for professional sports teams. Also, on the side of her work in athletics, she wants to use the extensive volunteer experience she has to open up a non-profit organization for both animals and humans in need.
BHA Scholarship Program Overview

Since 2011, the Bluegrass Hospitality Association (BHA) has awarded scholarships to students pursuing careers in the hospitality industry.  The Scholarship Program is funded by proceeds from the Hospitality Games.  Submissions are restricted to candidates from educational institutions selected annually by BHA that meet the criteria established in the application.  Scholarship amounts are determined annually by the Board of Directors.  Each year the Board of Directors will designate a Scholarship review committee to review applications and select recipients.  In the event the annual amount designated by the Board of Directors is not awarded, the balance will be reserved for distribution in future years.  

Scholarship Recipients
 2011-2012   Anthony John Marshall, University of Kentucky
 2012-2013  Kristin Noell Gibson, University of Kentucky
 2013-2014  Taylor Madison Crawley and Sarah Boyd Fuller, Transylvania University
 2014-2015  ----
 2015-2016 M. Louise Foster and Molly Kruse, Transylvania University
 2016-2017 Rebecca Rumentzas, Transylvania University
 2017-2018 Rebecca Rumentzas and Judy Nguyen, Transylvania University; Andrea Spitale, University of Kentucky