GACVB Scholarship Program

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OVERVIEW:
Each year, GACVB offers scholarships to assist our member professionals in attending Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College, the GACVB Annual Conference, the Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference, and Georgia Group Sales Symposium

Education Dates & Application Deadlines for 2022: 

GACVB ANNUAL CONFERENCE: The 2022 GACVB Annual Conference will be held Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2022 in Columbus. The deadline to submit a scholarship application for assistance to the Annual Conference is January 15, 2022. Extended to Friday, January 21.

  • Launched in May 2021, in partnership with scholarship sponsor and industry ally / corporate member Hargrove International, we are offering a Steve Morse Scholarship to the GACVB Annual Conference in memory of Dr. Steve Morse as one of our tourism champions and GACVB Honorary Members. 

STS MARKETING COLLEGE: The 2022 Southeast Tourism Society STS Marketing College will be held in June 5-10, 2022 at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. The deadline to submit a scholarship application for tuition assistance to STS Marketing College is May 5, 2022. Extended to Tuesday, May 31. 

GEORGIA GOVERNOR'S TOURISM CONFERENCE: The 2022 Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference produced by Explore Georgia (Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division) will be held August 1 - September 3, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. The deadline to submit a scholarship application for the Georgia Tourism Conference registration is July 1, 2022.

GROUP SALES SYMPOSIUM: The 2022 Georgia Group Sales Symposium will be held late November 2022, host destination is To Be Determined. The deadline to submit a scholarship application for Group Sales Symposium is October 15, 2022.

 

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QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Applicant must be currently employed by a Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau (GACVB) member and only one applicant per member is permitted.
2. Applicant must have completed one year of employment with his/her organization.
3. Application MUST be approved by the sponsoring Executive Director, or the Board of Directors Chairman/President if the applicant is the Executive Director.
4. Upon receipt of this grant, the applicant's sponsoring organization agrees to reimburse GACVB 100% of the scholarship if the recipient leaves their employ for any reason within one year of receipt of the grant.

APPLICATIONS:

Each member organization can only submit one employee at a time for a scholarship; however, each applicant may apply for more than one scholarship - if you are awarded a scholarship to the GACVB Annual Conference or the STS Marketing College or both, you may still apply for the Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference.  Separate applications are required for each meeting.

Applications include an essay requirement.  Essays should be no longer than one page with detailed responses to the following criteria for consideration:

1. Why the applicant deserves a scholarship and how it will benefit his/her professional goals.
2. The applicant's involvement in GACVB. Please list all activities and/or committees the applicant was involved in over the past three years.
3. The applicant's involvement in community activities and organizations. Please list all activities and/or committees the applicant was involved in over the past three years.
4. The applicant's involvement in other tourism organizations. Please list all activities and/or committees the applicant was involved in over the past three years.
5. Please summarize the involvement that the applicant's sponsoring organization has with GACVB and/or other tourism organizations in the state of Georgia.

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You will receive an electronic notification confirming your application has been received.