$19,000 awarded to students across Alaska
$19,000 awarded to students across Alaska
Alaska TIA

ATIA Foundation Announces Annual Scholarship Recipients

$19,000 Awarded to Students Across Alaska
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Foundation announced $19,000 in scholarship awards to 10 outstanding recipients from across the state. These competitive, one-year awards recognize students who have a passion to succeed in fields related to the travel industry.

“At a time when Alaska’s tourism industry is struggling due to the devastating effects of COVID-19, the ATIA Foundation scholarship awards look toward a brighter future,” said Sarah Leonard, ATIA President and CEO. “These students are pursuing degrees that emphasize leadership, business development, marketing, and hands-on skills that will greatly benefit Alaska tourism – and our communities – in the long-run. We look forward to their participation in our industry.”
Thank you to the named donors and ATIA members who support this annual program!

A Taste of Alaska Lodge
Alaska Coach Tours
Alaska Collection by Pursuit
Alaska Railroad Corporation
Alaska Society of Outdoor Nature Photographers
All Alaska Tours
ATIA Anchorage Chapter
Chuck West Memorial Scholarship
Cruise Lines International Association
Holland America Line
Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship
Tania Hancock Memorial Scholarship

Recipients

A Taste of Alaska Lodge Scholarship


Dylan Bender, Eagle River, $1,000

 

Alaska Collection by Pursuit Scholarship


Chloe Manderson, Anchorage, $1,250

Laura Geissinger, Wasilla, $1,250

 

Alaska Railroad Corporation Scholarship


Lucy Hankins, Seward, $1,000

 

Alaska Society of Outdoor Nature Photographers Scholarship


Rafael Bitanga, Kodiak, $1,000

 

All Alaska Tours Scholarship, for students pursuing education in Business Administration

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Chloe Manderson, Anchorage, $1,500

 

ATIA Anchorage Chapter Scholarship


Dylan Bender, Eagle River, $2,000

 

Chuck West Memorial Scholarship, funded through an endowment established in memory of Chuck West, founder of Westours and Cruise West.


Meg Smedley, Eagle River, $1,000

 

Cruise Lines International Association- Alaska Scholarship


Rafael Bitanga, Kodiak, $1,000

 

Holland America Line Scholarship


Jenessa Lorenz, Whittier, $1,500

Linnaea Gossard, Cooper Landing, $1,000

 

Kris Geldaker Memorial Scholarship, awarded in memory of Kris Geldaker to students pursuing a tourism or maritime-related degree.


Laura Geissinger, Wasilla, $2,500

 

Tim McDonnell Mentorship Scholarship, funded through the support of Alaska Coach Tours in honor of Tim McDonnell, the former vice president of Alaska operations for Princess and Holland America Lines.


Oceana Howes, Anchorage, $1,000

Tania Hancock Memorial Scholarship


Christi Cruickshank, Fairbanks, $2,000
The ATIA Foundation invests in Alaskans to ensure the quality of people employed in Alaska’s visitor industry. Scholarship recipients are enrolled in a program of study in preparation for a career in tourism. Funds are raised from members during ATIA’s annual convention and through business sponsorships.

The Alaska Travel Industry Association (www.Alaskatia.org) is Alaska’s leading statewide membership trade association for the travel industry and represents more than 600 members and businesses supporting Alaska tourism. ATIA promotes Alaska’s travel industry as one of the state’s major economic forces and advocates for the growth of the industry while remaining attentive to Alaska’s natural environment, diverse cultures, and unique quality of life. 
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