A scholarship from Tourism Cares is particularly significant to me, as this organization perhaps more than any other in the industry invests in the preservation and conservation of our diverse cultural heritage. As my passion is to teach others about the opportunities in cultural heritage tourism, I appreciate the dedication and commitment that Tourism Cares has to both education and sustainable development.
— Cheryl Hargrove, The George Washington University, 2011 Recipient of the ASTA Avis Budget Group Scholarship

2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

The International Tour Management Institute Awards (ITMI)

The purpose of the ITMI awards program is to support professional development of promising Tour Guides and Tour Directors by supporting their attendance to the ITMI Symposium in January 2017 in Little Rock, AK, or an ITMI Certification program in 2017 in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle or Washington, DC.   

Online Application Open: October 31- November 14, 2016

The first 25 applications will be considered. Awards Available: 8 at $500 each towards registration at ITMI Symposium; 2 at $1000 each towards ITMI Tour Guide/ Director Certification.

The ASTA Fellows, For Dynamic Professional Development

The purpose of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Fellows program is to broadly and flexibly support professional development activities that further advance a travel agent's career. In 2016, 12 agents were awarded scholarships between $1,500-$2,500. 

The ASTA New Stars, For New Agent Learning at the ASTA Global Convention

The ASTA New Stars program supports the professional development of promising new travel agents towards attendance to AGC in September 2016 where they experienced applied learning and exposure to veterans and leaders in the industry. In 2016, 12 agents were awarded $1,250.

More professional development awards will become available. Check back for additional details early in 2017.

View a list of Certificate Programs for Professional Development Scholarships.