2012 TIAC / Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Scholarships
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada / Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Scholarships are awarded annually to Canadian students in the upper-year of a full-time undergraduate university program in hospitality or tourism with an academic focus or interest in sustainable tourism.
The scholarships are designed to support the tourism industry's future employees, entrepreneurs and leaders as they study how to improve and enhance the quality and sustainability of natural and cultural heritage-based tourism experiences.
Five $1000 Sustainable Tourism Scholarships are awarded annually each fall to students enrolled in qualifying academic programs from across the country.
The recipients of the Sustainable Tourism Scholarships will demonstrate an academic focus or interest in
sustainable tourism and an interest in the preservation of our natural or cultural heritage. The recipients will also show evidence of high academic achievement, leadership qualities and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Sustainable tourism actively fosters appreciation and stewardship of the natural, cultural and historic resources and special places by local residents, the tourism industry, governments, and visitors. It is tourism which is viable over the long term because it results in a net benefit for the social, economic, natural and cultural environments of the area in which it takes place. Sustainable Tourism preserves our natural and cultural capital, and enhances society and economy. Canada is ideally positioned to demonstrate global leadership in sustainable tourism.
Interested applicants should be enrolled in, or entering the 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate university program, the final year of a college diploma program, or a Master's level graduate program. Other programs may apply, please inquire first.
Students should provide a covering letter of one page maximum. The letter should firstly describe the applicant's program of study, academic interests, and career goals; and secondly should explain how the applicant meets the award criteria and why the applicant should receive the scholarship. The covering letter should be accompanied by the applicant's C.V., and at least one supporting letter of reference from a member of the student's academic faculty or department or an employer.
Applications must be submitted by end-of-day, July 31, 2012. The applications will be judged by the committee and the recipients will be notified in early September, 2012. The scholarships will be presented at the Canadian Tourism Awards Dinner in Ottawa on November 21, 2012.
Applications may be submitted in either English or French. Applications should be addressed to the committee (e.g. "Dear Judging Committee Members") and can be forwarded by the deadline by e-mail or Canada Post to:
TIAC/Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Scholarship Judging Committee
c/o Mr. David Lauer, Manager, Communications
Tourism Industry Association of Canada
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 0C2