Scholarship Opportunities

Internal Scholarships

Name

Description

Deadline

  1. Passion Scholarship*
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better and be a junior or senior standing with hospitality/tourism major. 
  • Preference will be given to the students who enroll in TM 385.

 

TBA*

* For more information, please contact Dr. W. Wang. 

External Scholarships

Name

Description

Deadline

Website

  1. Tourism Cares Scholarship
  • Tourism Cares awards up to 50 Academic Scholarships annually ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 for a total of up to $70,000.
  • The Academic Scholarships benefit high school, undergraduate or graduate level students of travel, tourism, or hospitality-related programs of study at accredited schools within the United States and Canada.

 

Tourism Cares

  1. AH&LEF Incoming Freshman Scholarships
  • An incoming freshman for the upcoming fall semester, which is defined as a student who has never been enrolled in a college or university
  • An undergraduate hospitality management major at a U.S. college or university
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

May 1, 2016

AHLEF Scholarship Information

  1. Ecolab Scholarship
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for both the upcoming fall and spring semesters
  • An undergraduate hospitality management major at a U.S. college or university

 

 

AHLEF Scholarship Information

  1. American Express Scholarship
  • Enrolled full- or part-time in an undergraduate hospitality management program at a U.S. college or university
  • You must either:

Be working a minimum of 20 hours per week at an AH&LA member hotel with at least 12 months' hotel experience, OR

Be a dependent of a qualified employee, and have past employment in some capacity in the hospitality industry

May 1, 2016

 

American Express Scholarship Information

  1. Marriott Scholars Program
  • Be of Hispanic/Latino heritage
  • Be U.S. citizen or permanent resident

residing in the United States or Puerto Rico

  • Be an upcoming freshman or sophomore for the school year 
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time undergraduate student during the school year in a hospitality management or culinary program. 
  • Plan to pursue a degree within the hospitality management, hotel management, culinary, or food beverage field.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

February 23, 2015

www.uncf.org/scholarships

or

http://www.hispanicfund.org/

  1. Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Student
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating this December
  • A baccalaureate hospitality management major in a U.S. college or university
  • At least a junior for the upcoming fall semester
  • The competition is open to minority students: African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Alaskan, and Asian/Pacific Islander
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

May 1, 2016

 

 







AHLEF Scholarship Information

 

  1. Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship
  • Applications will be accepted from individuals who are preparing for a career in destination management.
  • The length of the program may be one year or longer.
  • Two scholarships may be awarded:  one to a North American born student and one to a foreign student studying hospitality in North America.

December 6, 2015

 

 

 




ADME Scholarship Information 

 

 

 

  1. Tourism Cares Scholarship
  • Tourism Cares awards up to 50 Academic Scholarships annually ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 for a total of up to $70,000.
  • The Academic Scholarships benefit high school, undergraduate or graduate level students of travel, tourism, or hospitality- related programs of study at accredited schools within the United States and Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 





Tourism Cares Scholarship Information

 

  1. The Rama Scholarship for the American Dream
  • Enrolled at least 9 credit hours for upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating in December
  • Undergraduate or graduate hospitality management major
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident Scholarship Awards Award amounts can range from $1,000 to $3,000 depending upon enrollment and recommended amount from school.
  • Rama Scholarships are School Nominated, which means students are nominated by their respective schools. 
  • Schools must give preference to students of Asian-Indian descent and other minority groups, as well as JHM employees and their dependents.

May 1, 2015

 

  1. Mississippi Restaurant Association Education Foundation 
  • The MRAEF is proud to provide scholarship funding to deserving students pursuing a post-secondary degree in restaurant management or culinary arts.
  • Students pursuing a 4- year degree are eligible for scholarships of up to $2000 while students pursuing a two-year degree are eligible for up to $500.

 

http://www.msra.org/scholarships.html

  1. Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
  • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools);
  • U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
  • Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

October 31, 2015

 




 

 

 

 



 

 

Coca-Cola Scholarship Information

  1. Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) Foundation

Six scholarships in 2015 for $2,500 each to deserving students who are dedicated to a future career in corporate foodservice and workplace hospitality.

  • Must be entering your Junior or Senior year of college
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have performed a minimum of 400 hours of foodservice/hospitality-related work experience, verified by paycheck stubs or letter(s) from employer(s).

Sunday, March 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:59:00 PM



SFM Scholarship Information 

  1. National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
  • There is a scholarship for high school seniors with foodservice experience who have been accepted into Hospitality and Tourism Management

 



NRAEF Scholarship Information 

  1. Consolidated Foodservice Scholarship

$500 scholarship that is for high school students or currently enrolled college students who are looking to enter the Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management fields. This scholarship has been set up because we want to support the next generation of innovative chefs and restaurant managers.

  • Must be enrolled full-time or part-time in a college, or culinary arts school
  • Must be majoring in Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management

June 15th of each year




CFS Scholarship Information

 

McCarty Industry Partner of the Year Award

In the late 1980s, the Department of Institutional Administration, now known as the Department of Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management, was chaired by Dr. Margaret M. McCarty.  The most enduring aspect of her legacy was the creation of an industry advisory board, which raised $100,000, and placed it into an endowment that continues to provide significant scholarships for our students.

The members of our industry advisory board are an extremely strong core of individuals that partner in the educational experience of all of the students in our department.  In an effort to acknowledge and promote the importance of the connection between business and education, in 2008, the Department of Tourism Management established an award to recognize an outstanding individual or company that made exceptional contributions to our program, to our faculty, and to our students continuously and in a variety of ways.

After much thought and reflection, we decided to change the artistic motif of this award.  In years past, it has been a pineapple, the symbol of hospitality.  However, to better express the importance of the collaborative relationship between our department and our partners in the workforce, we have chosen a wave.  The wave symbolizes an interdependent relationship that exists between the university and our corporate employers and partners.  This relationship, like the wave, without sustaining support, would collapse and fall silent.

 

2012 Recipient – Darden’s Talent Acquisition Team

Since opening their first Red Lobster restaurant in Lakeland, FL, in 1968, Darden has grown to become the world’s largest full-service restaurant company.  Through subsidiaries, Darden owns and operates more than 1,900 restaurants, employs 180,000 people and serves more than 400 million meals a year.

The Darden family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining:  Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, the Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and Eddie V’s.

One of the reasons for Darden’s success is the Talent Acquisition Center of Excellence and its Talent Acquisition Team.  The team is responsible for sourcing talent across the United States and Canada.  The team includes 17 Managers, 3 Directors, and 3 Specialists.

On behalf of Darden, the team makes multiple visits to the Southern Miss campus each year in their search for exceptional talent.  Our area’s Talent Acquisition Team, Lou Sposato and Chris Morath, have become very familiar faces here at Southern Miss.  They are both members of our department’s Industry Advisory Board.  Therefore, the Talent Acquisition Team for Southern Miss is this year’s very deserving recipient of the Margaret M. McCarty Industry Partner of the Year Award.

 

Past Recipients

2011 – Larry K. Gregory, Director, Mississippi Casino Operators Association

2010 – Keith Schmitt, Director, Human Resource, New Orleans Marriott

2009 (Golden Pineapple Award) – Rick Taylor, Executive Director, Hattiesburg Convention & Tourism Commissions

2008 (Golden Pineapple Award)– Rich Westfall, President, The Gulf Coast Community Foundation