2002 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
The National Tourism Foundation proudly announces the
recipients of its 2002 scholarships, grants, internships
and awards. These students and educators represent the
best and brightest from schools across North America that
offer curricula in travel and tourism. Each was selected
for academic achievements, community involvement, work
experience, personal recommendations, essay performance and
overall presentation of application materials. The
Foundation is pleased to enhance the future of the tourism
industry by recognizing these outstanding future leaders.
Dr. Tom Anderson Memorial - $1,000
Laura Ell of Calgary, Alberta, is pursuing a degree in
ecotourism and outdoor leadership at Mount Royal College in
Calgary. She has traveled and had outdoor experience in
approximately 25 countries. Ell is involved in ecotourism
awareness education and holds certifications in several
areas. She learned Arabic while working in the United Arab
Emirates. Ell plans to use her education to reduce the
effects of negative environmental management.
Louise Dessureault Memorial - $1,000
Beverley Sedore of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has recently
completed a program in South Korea where she taught English
to Korean children. She holds the Teach English to
Speakers of Other Languages certificate and has a
background in French. Sedore is pursuing a degree in
tourism management at Florida International University in
Miami to supplement her previous education in travel and
tourism and business marketing.
Signature Tours - $1,000
David Krause of East Lansing, Mich., is pursuing a degree
in commercial recreation from Michigan State University.
Krause previously served as a destination sales intern at
the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is
a member of the Michigan State University Meeting Planners
Association and the current president of the Parks and
Kelly Lee Bennett
Alabama/Birmingham Legacy - $1,000
Kelly Lee Bennett of Auburn, Ala., is pursuing a degree in
hotel and restaurant management at Auburn University.
Bennett is a member of the Student Alumni Board, the
Student Government Association and the Student Cabinet.
She is also involved in several academic groups and was the
recipient of the 2002 American Hotel and Lodging Foundation
California - $2,500
Scott Slocum of Danville, Calif., is pursuing a degree in
management in hospitality at Cornell University’s School of
Hotel Administration. Slocum recently completed an
internship at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad,
Calif., where he focused on environmental procedures.
Cleveland Legacy I - $500
Torrez Watson of Wilberforce, Ohio, is pursuing a degree in
business management, with a hospitality management focus,
from Central State University. Watson is the president of
his school’s Hospitality Management Program Club and a
member of the Student Advisory Council for the College of
Business and Industry. He hopes to join a hospitality
management team after graduation.
Cleveland Legacy II - $1,000
Susan Cohen of Aurora, Ohio, is pursuing a degree in
hospitality management at Cuyahoga Community College.
Cohen holds several certificate degrees from the
Educational Institution of the American Hotel and Motel
Association. Cohen spent 17 years working for United
Airlines where she received recognition for her exemplary
Connecticut - $1,000
Renée Dumas of Marlborough, Conn., is pursuing a degree in
international hotel and tourism management at Johnson and
Wales University in Providence, R.I. Dumas previously
earned an associate’s degree in travel and tourism
management from Johnson and Wales. She is fluent in
Spanish and has a foundation in Italian.
Florida - $1,000
Sarah Reed of Winter Haven, Fla., is pursuing a degree in
international tourism management at Webber International
University. Reed is a member of the Florida All-Academic
Team, and she recently completed an internship at the
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St Pete Beach, Fla.
Massachusetts - $1,000
Erin Anderson of Auburn, Mass., is pursuing a degree in
travel and tourism management at Johnson and Wales
University. Anderson holds an associate degree in this
field and is continuing her education in order to obtain
her bachelor’s degree. She is president of the Travel Club
and treasurer of the National Honor Society, Eta Sigma
Michigan - $1,000
Linzie Viers of Tecumseh, Mich., is pursuing a degree in
hospitality, hotel, and restaurant management, with a minor
in business management, at Eastern Michigan University.
Viers has been vice president of the Hotel and Restaurant
Management Student Association for two years. Upon
graduation, she hopes to attend culinary school and open
her own restaurant.
Minnesota Legacy - $1,000
JoAnna Kay of Prior Lake, Minn., is pursuing a degree in
hospitality at the University of New Haven. Kay has
experience in many areas of the hospitality industry and
holds a degree in marine biology. She hopes to have a
career in hotel management.
Missouri - $500
Michelle Odom of Springfield, Mo., is pursuing a degree in
recreation and leisure studies at Southwest Missouri State
University. Odom has been active in the Student Activities
Council and is acting as its vice president of campus
events. Odom also chairs several committees for the
school’s professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi.
Montana - $500
Kate Harris of Helena, Mont., is pursuing a degree in
tourism and recreation at the University of Montana –
Western. Harris is involved in many activities both on
campus and in her community. Upon graduation, she hopes to
enter public recreation to gain experience before she
returns to school to earn her graduate degree.
Nebraska - Lois Johnson - $500
Dawn Nolin of Seward, Neb., is pursuing a degree in tour
and travel from the Lincoln School of Commerce. Nolin held
an 11-month volunteer position as a research coordinator in
Lincoln, Neb., using demographic data to help build a
Nevada - $500
Jordon Salmon of Las Vegas, is pursuing a degree in hotel
administration with a concentration in gaming operations
and management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Salmon holds a degree in finance from Arizona State
University and has been a part of each university’s Honors
College. Salmon is also a Las Vegas Hospitality
Association scholarship recipient.
New Jersey I - $1,000
Melanie Kaye of Florham Park, N. J., is pursuing a degree
in conference and event management at New York University.
Kaye has been featured in NYU and Tisch Center School of
Hotel and Tourism publications and has received numerous
scholarships from associations in New Jersey. She is
currently employed as an event coordinator with the
Intrepid Museum Foundation for the Intrepid Sea Air Space
Museum in New York City.
New Jersey II - $500
Richard Marin of Ventnor, N. J., is pursuing a degree in
hospitality management from Atlantic Cape Community
College. Marin is certified by the International Food
Safety Council in their ServSafe program. He has been
employed by the Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City
for more than 10 years and has received the Presidential
Achievement Award for outstanding customer service.
New York - $1,000
Kelli Mueller-Wulforst of Morrisville, N.Y., is pursuing a
degree in travel-tourism and hospitality management at
State University of New York College of Agriculture and
Technology. Upon graduation, Mueller-Wulforst hopes to use
her food and beverage experience to obtain an entry-level
management position in the hospitality industry.
North Carolina - $500
Andrew Godfrey of Cullowhee, N.C., is pursuing a degree in
hospitality and tourism from Western Carolina University.
Godfrey holds a certification in Restaurant Food Service
Management. He was a scholar athlete from 1996 to 2001 and
was acknowledged by the Knights of Columbus as a
distinguished community leader.
Ohio - $1,000
Angela Gordon of Ypsilanti, Mich., is pursuing a business
administration degree in hotel and restaurant management
from Eastern Michigan University. Gordon is certified by
the State of Michigan Department of Agriculture Food and
Safety Management. She is an officer in her school’s Hotel
and Restaurant Management Association and Omega Phi Alpha
National Service Sorority.
Quebec - $1,000
Erika Bacsfalusi of Pointe Claire, Quebec, is pursuing a
degree in tourism at Champlain Regional College.
Bacsfalusi is fluent in French and Hungarian. She has more
than five years of customer service experience in the
hospitality industry and previously volunteered as an event
coordinator. Bacsfalusi has participated in the
International Tourism and Trade Show in Montreal.
Societe Des Casinos Du Quebec - $1,000
Mengfei Fan of Montreal, Quebec, is pursuing a degree in
hotel management at LaSalle College in Montreal. Fan holds
a degree in hospitality industry management from the Hotel
Institute in Switzerland. She also has five years’ work
experience in sales and marketing managerial positions in
hotels in Ningbo, China.
Tampa/Hillsborough Legacy - $1,000
Camille Hochoy of Dunedin, Fla., is pursuing a degree in
international hotel and tourism management at Schiller
International University. Hochoy holds a degree in
literatures in English and international relations from the
University of the West Indies where she earned a student
leadership award. She is proficient in Spanish, and has
taught English to high school students. Hochoy is also a
recipient of the Presidential Award at Schiller
Tulsa - $500
Michelle Iverson of Tulsa, Okla., is pursuing a degree in
meetings and destination management at Northeastern State
University. Iverson is a member of the Meetings and
Destination Management Club and serves as vice president of
Kappa Phi, a women’s Christian service club. She also has
been active in residence hall government.
Utah - Keith Griffall - $1,000
Alisha Campbell of West Jordan, Utah, is pursuing a degree
in tourism at the University of Utah. Campbell spent a
year working with the Visitor Information Services
Coalition for the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
She has also worked with the Canadian Olympic Association
compiling bid packets for the Vancouver 2010 Bid Committee.
Virginia - $1,000
Nora Champagne of Blacksburg, Va., is pursuing a degree in
hospitality and tourism management at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University. Champagne is a member of
the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and has worked
with the Miss Virginia Scholarship Organization for the
last two years as a traveling companion.
Wyoming - $2,000
Jodi Schroeder of Cody, Wyo., is pursuing a degree in
travel and tourism management from Northwest College.
Schroeder is a Dean’s list student and a National Honor
Society member with interest in travel journalism and the
cruise line industry. She is a Kiwanis Award recipient and
hopes to work in a management position in the travel and
Academy of Travel and Tourism - $500
Crystal Trow of Waipahu, Hawaii, is pursuing a degree in
hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management at the
University of Denver. Trow participated in several
leadership camps and retreats and was recognized by the
Waipahu High School Academy of Travel and Tourism for her
outstanding leadership and dedication. Upon graduation,
she would like to return to Hawaii to enter hotel
Pat & Jim Host - $2,000
Kiersten Washburn of Chaplin, Ky., is pursuing a degree in
hotel, restaurant and tourism with a minor in
communications at Transylvania University. Washburn is a
member of the accounting club, and serves as secretary of
the National Honor Society, house corporation manager for
Chi Omega sorority, editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and co-
captain of the color guard.
Yellow Ribbon - $6,000
Timothy Vernon of Mansfield, Mass., is pursuing a degree in
communications at Fitchburg State College. Vernon was a
member of his high school’s National Honor Society and
Foreign Language National Honor Society for Spanish. He
was the winner of the 2001 and 2002 Massachusetts Braille
competitions and went on to represent his state in the
national championship. He serves as a mentor to other
blind students and has worked at Collette Vacations for
four years in reception and marketing.
Luray Caverns Graduate Research Grant - $2,500
Kyungmi Kim of Seoul, Korea, is pursuing a doctoral degree
in hospitality and tourism management at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University. Kim’s research
has been published several times, and she has presented her
work at several graduate student research conferences. She
has been a research and teaching assistant at Virginia Tech
and recently instructed her own classroom. She plans to
complete her dissertation, “The Effects of Tourism Impacts
Upon Quality of Life of Residents in the Community,” in the
spring of 2003.
National Tour Association Award - $1,000
Ayman Agamy of Beacon Falls, Conn., is continuing his
education and pursuing a master’s degree in hospitality and
tourism at the University of New Haven. Agamy holds
degrees in hotel and restaurant management and Italian
language and literature. He is fluent in Arabic and
Italian and has worked in the hospitality industry for nine
He is the director of revenue management at the Hilton
Southbury in Southbury, Conn.
Randal G. Baker, Ph.D.
National Tourism Foundation Visiting Scholar
Randal G. Baker, Ph.D., of Sauk Rapids, Minn., is an
assistant professor of travel and tourism at St. Cloud
State University. Baker has written and presented several
papers in the areas of tourism and geography. He is a
member of various organizations and is on the Board of
Directors for CENSTATES Chapter of the Travel and Tourism
Research Association. He is a dedicated mentor for his
students and seeks opportunities beyond the classroom to
enhance his teaching. He has served as their leader in the
Graduate Organization in Geography and the Travel and
National Tourism Foundation Internship - $3,000
Jenny Strimple of Tulsa, Okla., recently completed a degree
in meetings and destination management from Northeastern
State University in Tahlequah, Okla. Strimple holds an
associate’s degree in business administration from Connors
State College. She was a member of the Meetings and
Destination Management Club and the Professional Convention
Management Association. She has experience in many areas
of the hospitality industry and hopes to pursue a career in
destination management upon completion of her internship.
National Tourism Foundation Internship - $3,000
Carrie Frederick of Rockville, Ind., is pursuing a degree
in tourism management at Indiana University Bloomington.
Frederick is an executive board member of the Golden Key
National Honor Society. She is co-founder of her school’s
Tourism Management Organization and has served on the
Faculty Search Committee for the Department of Health,
Physical Education, and Recreation. Frederick plans to
enter event planning or destination management upon
completion of her internship.