New Tourism and Hospitality Management Scholarship Available from Genesee Community College Foundation

Genesee Community College Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship for students interested in pursuing careers in tourism and hospitality management. The scholarship program is made possible with funds provided by the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), a private organization that promotes, protects and enhances the financial welfare of the tourism and hospitality management industry. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be incoming freshmen who exhibit academic excellence and are enrolled in the College's Tourism and Hospitality Management degree program.

"We are delighted to be recognized by the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association and to be able to offer this unique academic scholarship to deserving students," said Amy Bowles, Tourism & Hospitality Management instructor. "This provides us with another avenue through which we can acknowledge and encourage academic excellence as our students move toward satisfying careers."

Genesee Community College's Tourism and Hospitality Management program offers two separate tracks to allow students to target their interests into an area of specialty. Tourism Management covers sales and marketing, geographic destinations and events management; while Hospitality Management focuses on the business aspects of hotel operations, including food and beverage management. Both programs give students a background in business communications, basic computer skills, a foreign language, and an appreciation for assessing service quality. Students also participate in an internship, allowing them to apply skills gained in the classroom and learn more about the field. With 7.2 million jobs generated through tourism in 2004-either program is sure to lead toward a rewarding career.

In addition, students and local citizens interested in exploring tourism and hospitality management careers are invited to the Annual Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 from 12:00-2:00 PM in the Forum of Genesee Community College's Batavia campus. The Career Fair is free and open to the public and will feature guests such as: AAA of Western and Central New York, Rochester Institute of Technology, Niagara University, Six Flags Darien Lake, First Choice Travel, Del Monte Lodge, Jell-O Gallery, Greater Rochester Visitor's Association, and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. With a wide array of tourism professionals, all visitors are encouraged to bring their resume!

To learn more about Genesee's Tourism & Hospitality Management scholarship or to download an application, go to: http://www.genesee.edu/depts/admissions/financial/scholarships.cfm. For further information about the College's Tourism and Hospitality Management program, please contact instructor and program director, Amy Bowles at (585) 343-0055 x6332 or email her at ALBowles@genesee.edu.

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