IAAPA News - IAAPA Foundation - November 2018


With the support of Bonnie Weber (far right), the wife of the late attractions industry leader Al Weber Jr., the IAAPA Foundation established a memorial fund to support education for future attractions leaders. In 2017, the Foundation awarded scholarships to Frank Hamedl (far left), Ashley Kaczor, and Jarret Geist.

IAAPA Foundation Initiatives to Support Future Industry Leaders at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018

by Juanita Chavarro Arias

Over the last two years, the IAAPA Foundation has focused on inspiring students to learn about and pursue careers in the global attractions industry through academic scholarships, partnerships with colleges and universities, and educational events and roundtables. The IAAPA Foundation, supported by generous donations from IAAPA members, will host a number of initiatives at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018.

“The industry continues to thrive around the world, and the Foundation strives to increase awareness among students about unique and diverse career paths they can take within this dynamic industry,” said Jane Cooper, chair of the IAAPA Foundation and president and chief operating officer of Herschend Family Entertainment. “Through scholarships, academic partnerships, and a strong network of industry supporters, we want to open doors for students by creating valuable connections and increasing their exposure to senior leadership—inspiring them to pursue degrees in attractions management.”

The second annual IAAPA Foundation Silent Auction will take place during the Expo’s Opening Reception on the evening of Nov. 13. All funds raised from the auction will go toward programs that support tomorrow’s attractions industry leaders, including scholarships provided by the Al Weber Scholarship Fund to students pursuing careers in the global attractions industry. More than 20 exclusive items and unique experiences will be available to bid on, including Six Flags 2019 Gold Combo season passes and a VIP tour, a Universal Studios Hollywood VIP tour for four, four Dolphin Swim packages at Discovery Cove, an item signed by Dolly Parton, a Europa-Park package, and an eight-day stay with a private chef at an exclusive condo in Acapulco, Mexico. The items will be available to view on a virtual auction website, and members may begin bidding online in early November.

During the Expo, the IAAPA Foundation will award three scholarships to students in the theme parks and attractions curriculum track at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Rosen College of Hospitality Management. The scholarship recipients will have the chance to attend IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 with complimentary registration.

Additionally, the IAAPA Foundation recently partnered with San Diego State University’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management to provide experiential scholarships for students and faculty to attend IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018. The Foundation will also host a full-day Educators Symposium led by Kathryn Woodcock of Ryerson University, Ady Milman of UCF Rosen College, and Peter Weishar of Florida State University.

The IAAPA Foundation was formed in 2010 and is incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. The Foundation accepts contributions from individuals, corporations, trusts, and grant-presenting organizations around the world.

For more information about the IAAPA Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.IAAPA.org/IAAPA-Foundation.