Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College Scholarship Program

Application Due - NEW February 17, 2017

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‚Äźyear 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.
2016 BHA Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to the 2016 BHA Scholarship Winner:

Rebecca Rumentzas of Transylvania University!


Rebecca Rumentzas is a junior at Transylvania University. She is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Hospitality. While obtaining her degree, she holds a position as an Associate Trainer at Panera Bread. However, she will be putting that job temporarily on hold to work for her dream company, Walt Disney World. She will be continuing her degree while working full time in food service at Disney. While she isn't learning or working towards her degree, Rebecca is a part of the Transylvania Women's Choir, Cheerleading team, Green Dot Anti-Violence Organization, and the Pioneer Leadership Program. Rebecca hopes to continue a relationship with Walt Disney, using her knowledge and experience she has learned while at Transylvania University, to seek a full time position with the company.

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