NTA Pat & Jim Host Scholarship

To be eligible for the NTA Pat & Jim Host Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:


- citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- permanent resident of Kentucky
- full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study; or full-time graduate student enrolled in a travel-and-tourism- or hospitality-related program of study, who can demonstrate a clear focus on and commitment to the tourism-subject area
- enrolled at a college or university in the United States
- cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater on a U.S. 4.0 scale
- enrolled at an accredited four-year school, and will be entering sophomore year in the fall of the calendar year of application, and will have completed 30 credit hours at the end of the semester or term; or enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university, and will be entering junior year in the fall of the calendar year of application, and will have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours by the end of this semester or term; or enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university, and will be entering senior year in the fall of the calendar year of application, and will have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours by the end of this semester or term; or enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university, and entering any year of graduate study in the fall of the calendar year of application.

Required Items:
- U.S. passport as proof of citizenship, or U. S. Alien Registration Card as proof of permanent residency
- Kentucky driver’s license as proof of permanent state residency
- resume
- evaluation and letter of recommendation from a faculty member or teacher in your field of study
- evaluation and letter of recommendation from an industry professional you worked for; the industry must be related to your field of study
- essay: If undergraduate level student: Discuss what segment of the travel and tourism or hospitality industry your current program of study focuses on. What opportunities are you taking advantage of as you prepare for a career in the industry? Please tell us about your academic and extracurricular activities and experiences, i.e. work, internships, etc., and how they tie into your present and future goals. Mention any awards or commendations you have received relating to the travel and tourism or hospitality industry; or, if graduate level student: You have chosen to pursue a career path in the travel and tourism or hospitality industry. What changes have you observed thus far in the industry, and what changes do you anticipate in the future of the industry? Where do you see your future potential in the industry? Mention any awards or commendations you have received relating to the travel and tourism or hospitality industry.
- official transcript

Please visit the Tourism Cares Scholarships website for more information and to access the online application.

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