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Tourism And Hospitality Scholarships Available To Connecticut Residents

Application Deadline is April 26

(HARTFORD, CT) April 12, 2004 - Connecticut residents considering a future in the hospitality or tourism industry are invited to apply for $1,000 in scholarship funds from the Connecticut Tourism Division of the Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History, and Film.

To be eligible, applicants must be Connecticut residents who are seniors at a Connecticut high school; high school graduates who have not yet begun a college curriculum; or, students at accredited, two- or four-year colleges or universities with advanced degree programs.

The award winner must attend an accredited university or college on a full- or part-time basis (minimum of 6 credit hours) and be enrolled in a tourism or hospitality degree program.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and personal achievement as well as a demonstrated interest in the hospitality or tourism industry. According to the most recent study, the total annual economic impact of tourism in Connecticut is $10 billion.

Completed application forms, a professional and personal letter of recommendation, a current academic transcript, a personal letter of intent and a personal resume must be submitted on or before April 26, 2004, and mailed to Joyce Fredericks, Scholarship/Grant Committee, Connecticut Tourism Division, 505 Hudson Street 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06106.

For scholarship applications, contact Joyce Fredericks at (860) 270-8089, or log-on to the Office of Tourism's website: www.ctbound.org/tourism.asp.

The scholarships are offered by the Tourism Division, a division of the Connecticut Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film (CCATCHF), which brings the related fields of arts, tourism, culture, history and film under one umbrella for the first time. Created by the General Assembly in 2003, CCATCHF is designed to promote and develop cultural venues and attractions throughout Connecticut and ensure state funds continue to be wisely invested in that effort.


Contacts:     Ed Dombroskas, Connecticut Division of Tourism, (860) 270-8089
                  Kathleen Goffa, McLaughlin, DelVecchio & Casey, (203) 624-4151


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