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The Maryland Tourism Education Foundation (MTEF) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Tourism and Hospitality scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to increase the skills and knowledge of Maryland’s tourism workforce. They may be used for post-secondary education that meets any of the three career development objectives: acquiring an industry degree, career development, and enhancement or transitional training.

Applicants must be a resident of the State of Maryland. In addition, they must have a minimum of six months of work experience in a hospitality and tourism-related position or a minimum of one year enrolled in a Maryland sanctioned or accredited hospitality and tourism-related education program.

Chair of the MTEF and Executive Vice President for Plamondon Hospitality Partners, Michael Henningsen states, “This is an excellent opportunity for those in the hospitality industry. These scholarships will help provide training and opportunities for individuals, who in turn will help us strengthen and grow our workforce.”

The Maryland Tourism Education Foundation scholarship program is managed by the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA). “Managing these scholarships is a natural extension of MHLA. We are deeply connected to the hospitality industry, and we are pleased to be an integral part of tourism in Maryland,” states MHLA President and CEO, Amy Rohrer.

Applications may be found online at and must be received via mail or email by March 31, 2020.

The Office of Tourism Development & Maryland Department of Commerce reports that visitors spent over 18.1 billion dollars in the State of Maryland in 2018, up 2.1 percent from the previous year. In 2018, more than 150,000 Marylanders were directly employed by the tourism industry, which is the 10th largest private-sector employer in the state.

The Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA) is a trade-based membership organization representing Maryland’s 6 billion dollar lodging industry with more than 78,000 rooms in 700 hotels across the state. It provides advocacy, information, recognition, and networking opportunities that benefit lodging industry owners, managers, associates, related businesses, and communities in Maryland.