IAAPA Foundation’s New Mission Focuses on Next Generation

Winners announced for student scholarships

by Jeremy Schoolfield

The IAAPA Foundation on Monday announced the winners of three $7,000 scholarships for students at the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management. These awards, funded by the foundation, are part of the organization’s new mission to develop leaders for the global attractions industry.

“The IAAPA Foundation’s mission is to inspire life-changing careers in the global attractions industry by cultivating tomorrow’s leaders,” said IAAPA Foundation Chair Jane Cooper during a press conference at IAAPA Attractions Expo. “This is something all of our members can embrace.”

The IAAPA Foundation, formed in 2010, is supported by IAAPA members. This year, the foundation announced partnerships with JA Worldwide and the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management to help nurture and develop young, talented students with interest in joining the attractions industry.

The Rosen College students receiving the new $7,000 scholarships are in the school’s Attractions Management Track; they are: Bridget Frost, Matthew Temmer, and Ashley Kaczor. In addition, the foundation will connect industry executives with Rosen classrooms while also bringing Rosen professors out into the industry to help facilitate enhanced learning opportunities for both sides.

“We at Rosen College are excited to partner with the IAAPA Foundation,” said Dr. Abraham Pizam, dean of Rosen College’s hospitality management school. “We share many of the same objectives. We are dedicated, at Rosen College, to developing industry leaders.”

Also during this week’s Expo, JA Worldwide will conduct a job-shadowing program for 30 students to learn more about the industry during its largest annual event.

“The attractions industry is attractive for young people,” said JA Worldwide President and CEO Asheesh Advani. JA Worldwide and the IAAPA Foundation will help “connect the dots” for students to view attractions “not just as entertainment destinations, but as a career choice.”

“We like to think of attractions almost like cities, because they have career opportunities for any walk of life,” Cooper said.

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 will thus serve as a kickoff to this next phase of the organization’s mission.

“This is our way of giving back as an association,” said 2016 IAAPA Chairman of the Board John McReynolds.

For more information on how to support the IAAPA Foundation, visit IAAPA Central (Booth #3831) or 

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