Alaska Travel Industry Association
$24,500 in Tourism Scholarships
June 07, 2005
After years of washing dishes, working the food line, filling
orders and managing a restaurant, Anchorage resident Nicholas
Massie now has a scholarship from the Alaska Travel Industry
Association Foundation (AlaskaTIA) that will help fulfill his
dreams of owning his own restaurant and hotel.
Massie - who received $5,000 over two years to pursue a master's
degree in hospitality and restaurant management at the University
of Nevada-Reno -- is one of 12 Alaskan students pursuing careers
in the visitor industry who received $24,500 in scholarship funds
from AlaskaTIA's Foundation this year. Foundation selected the
12 scholarship winners from a pool of 28 Alaska applicants. The
selection criteria included academic achievement, tourism-orientated
career goals, letters of reference and an essay each applicant
wrote about their future plans.
"Tourism is Alaska's second largest private-sector employer,"
said Stefanie Gorder, chair of the AlaskaTIA Foundation, which
selected the scholarship recipients. "By assisting these
talented students today, we are helping develop Alaska's skilled
work force for tomorrow."
AlaskaTIA is made up of over 900 member-businesses, from large
cruise lines to small bed and breakfasts. Members donate money
to fund the scholarship program at industry events throughout
the year and through seven local chapters of the association
"This scholarship program
exhibits tourism's investment in its future. The travel industry
offers many excellent career opportunities and AlaskaTIA is committed
to helping these students explore these opportunities and develop
Alaska's future work force," said AlaskaTIA president and
COO, Ron Peck.
In addition to Massie, the following students were selected
by AlaskaTIA Foundation to receive assistance through the scholarship
Erik Anderson of Juneau and Ryan Seaver of Ketchikan
were the recipients of the Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship,
which is dedicated to helping students pursuing a career in tourism
or a maritime-related field. Each student will receive
$2,500 per year and renewable for up to four years. Anderson
attends the University of Alaska Southeast and Seaver attends
the California Maritime Academy. This is the first year that
two Kris Geldaker scholarships were awarded thanks to increased
support from the Ketchikan chapter of AlaskaTIA.
The AlaskaTIA Rural Scholarship
went to Sofia Nicole Reutov of Nikolaevsk. Reutov
will use the $2,500 to toward her travel specialist degree from
Anchorage's Career Academy. Reutov is fluent in Russian
and hopes to one day travel the world.
Moose Pass senior Teal Hetrick received the $2,500 AlaskaTIA
Anchorage Chapter scholarship. Hetrick plans to attend Northern
Arizona University in the fall where she will study hotel management
and journalism. Hetrick would like to travel the world as a travel
writer or as an employee of a global company tied to a travel
Carole Sharpe of Anchorage, who is pursuing a degree in
business studies at Alaska Pacific University after moving to
Alaska to pursue new horizons, received one of the two AlaskaTIA
Continuing Education Scholarships. Sharpe will use her $1,000
scholarship to complete her degree in business administration
to further her career in tourism. The other Continuing Education
Scholarship winner, Leah Rene Boltz of Palmer, was awarded
a $2,500 scholarship to assist with her goal of obtaining her
master's degree in business administration from the University
Alaska Anchorage. Boltz's ultimate goal is to work in tourism
public relations in Alaska.
The Bob Rocker Memorial Scholarship, funded by Dave and Liz Knightly
of Knightly Tours, was awarded to Kory Eberhardt of Fairbanks.
Eberhardt will apply his $2,000 scholarship toward his business
studies degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Eberhardt
plans to stay in Alaska after graduation and continuing working
in tourism and marketing Alaska as a visitor destination.
Alex Worthen of Anchorage received the $1,000 Alaska Vacations
Scholarship. He will use his scholarship when he transfers to
the University of Washington in the fall to study business and
computer science. Upon graduation Worthen plans to return to
Alaska and work on creating efficient systems for use by Alaska
Sara Schroeder of Ketchikan received the $1,000 Holland
America Line Scholarship that she will apply toward her business
marketing and management studies in the fall at the University
of Alaska Southeast. Schroeder would like to one day extend that
degree into the field of aviation.
Jacquoi James of Yakutat received the $1,000 Princess
Cruises and Tours Scholarship that she will apply toward her
business administration and marketing studies degree at the University
of Alaska Anchorage this fall. James hopes to work in the field
of tourism marketing and advertising upon completion of her degree.
Brian Vreeland of Ketchikan was awarded the Alaska Travel
Adventures Scholarship of $1,000. Vreeland will be transferring
to Washington State University in the fall to continue work on
his degree in business management and operations. Vreeland hopes
to work in the cruise industry after he graduates.
The ATIA is a non-profit organization
that conducts marketing on behalf of the State of Alaska.
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