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Alaska Travel Industry Association Offers $28,500 in Scholarships
Fourteen Scholarships to be Awarded in May 2004


May 04, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - To promote the Alaska tourism industry's goal of resident hire and help provide tourism businesses with a professional, qualified work force, the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) is offering $28,500 in scholarships for Alaskans pursuing tourism-related education.

As the statewide trade association representing all segments of Alaska's visitor industry, ATIA sponsors the scholarship program as a means of encouraging Alaskans to choose career tracks in the state's travel industry. Travel related fields of study include business management, marketing, finance, food service as well as maritime studies.

ATIA believes that the scholarship program is an investment in the future of the visitor industry in Alaska. "The travel industry offers many exciting career opportunities. ATIA is delighted to play a role in developing Alaska's future workforce," said ATIA President, Ron Peck.
Alaskans who are enrolled or are intending to enroll in an education program with the intent to pursue a career in Alaska tourism are encouraged to apply, as are workers returning to complete a program or pursue additional education. Applications should be submitted by May 12, 2004.

This year's scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. Among the fourteen awards are a $2,500 rural resident scholarship and a $2,500 continuing education scholarship, as well as the Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship. The ATIA Scholarship Program is privately funded through donations from ATIA member companies, individuals and fundraising projects. The Geldaker scholarship is co-sponsored by the ATIA Ketchikan Chapter and the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, and provides $2,500 a year (renewable for up to 4 years) for students planning a career in Alaskan tourism, aviation or maritime related fields.
Application deadline is May 12, 2004. Applications are available through the Alaska Travel Industry Association's website at or may be picked up at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau office at 131 Front Street.



The ATIA is a member-based visitor industry trade association for Alaska. Representing over 1400 individual members and over 900 business organizations, the ATIA's goals are to market Alaska as a visitor destination, provide membership support, and to educate and advocate in support of the visitor industry.


Source of News Release:

Ketchikan Visitors Bureau
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