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2002 Scholarship Recipients



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. Laura Ell 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. Beverley Sedore 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. David Krause 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 Recreation Club. 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 Scholarship. Scott Slocum 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. Torrez Watson 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. Susan Cohen 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 service. Renée Dumas 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. Sarah Reed 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. Erin Anderson 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 Delta. Linzie Viers 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. JoAnna Kay 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. Michelle Odom 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. Kate Harris 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. Dawn Nolin 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 united community. Jordan Salmon 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. Melanie Kaye 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. Richard Marin 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. Kelli Mueller-Wulforst 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. Andrew Godfrey 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. Angela Gordon 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. Erika Bacsfalusi 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. Mengfei Fan 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. Camille Hochoy 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 International University. Michelle Iverson 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. Alisha Campbell 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. Nora Champagne 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. Jodi Schroeder 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 tourism industry. Crystal Trow 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 management. Kiersten Washburn 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. Timothy Vernon 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. Kyungmi Kim 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. Ayman Agamy 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 years. 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 Tourism Club. Jenny Strimple 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. Carrie Frederick 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.