This scholarship allows me to finish my last semester of coursework. I am excited to begin my career in the tourism industry because I believe my ideas and passions will bring forth positive change for both the industry and environment.
— Sienna Pickard, 2017 NTA Utah Keith Griffall Scholarship recipient, University of Utah

Tourism Cares offers up to 24 merit-based academic scholarships totaling $77,000 supporting undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality programs.

The online scholarship application is closed.

Scholarship Application Period: February 15 - April 1, 2019, 11:59PM EDT.

Scholarship Award Notification: June
Scholarship Award Distribution: Summer

Awards apply towards the fall semester. 

Tourism Cares Academic Scholarships are offered in two categories:

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

 This general application provides access up to 22 scholarships.

  • Varying citizenship requirements; many awards open to citizens of the US or Canada with some open to citizens of any country.

  • Full or part time student enrolled in a travel, tourism or hospitality related program of study pursing an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree.

  • Enrolled in the upcoming fall semester at a two or four year accredited university located in the United States or Canada, entering the second half of their college career if undergraduate or entering any year if graduate.

  • Cumulative or overall minimum 3.0 grade point average

Graduate Research Scholarships

This application provides access to 2 scholarships specifically for graduate research students.

  • Open to citizens of any country

  • Full or part time student conducting graduate research in a travel or tourism related field

  • Enrolled in the fall semester at an accredited university in the United States or Canada

  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average


Applications are evaluated by the Tourism Cares Academic Scholarship Selection Committee, consisting of travel, tourism, and hospitality educators and industry professionals from across the United States. The committee's decisions are reported to the Tourism Cares Board of Directors. Scholarship eligibility criteria are determined by each fund donor contact.

For questions about the application process, technical issues, and general scholarship information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions document: