Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) has been able to educate some of the best and brightest in our industries while easing their financial burden. Each scholarship has changed the lives of students like you. Read the information below to learn more about scholarship opportunities and if you are eligible.
Scholarship Application Process
Please review the list of scholarships below and applying using the application link. Be sure to have a PDF copy of your resume for all scholarship applications.
- Students must be in good academic standing at the time of completing this application.
- Students must be enrolled full-time for spring 2019 and in an STHM major (i.e. cannot be an STHM minor or certificate student, and cannot be on a leave of absence for spring 2019).
- Students must take and complete appropriate STHM coursework for their major (as matched against the academic plan in the Bulletin for each class/year).
- Students must meet the criteria of the specific scholarship in which they are applying for.
Apply for STHM Scholarships
To apply for Spring 2019 scholarships, visit the online application.
Support Student Scholarships
If you would like to support our students and make a gift to a scholarship that has been endowed or needs additional funding to be endowed, visit giving.temple.edu/givetosthm, select which scholarship or fund you would like to contribute to (or enter the name manually if not displayed), and enter your gift information. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Joel M. and Lenore Lewis Abels Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management to honor the achievements and memories of Joel M. and Lenore Lewis Abels who best exemplify their spirit of professionalism.
The Joel M. and Lenore Lewis Abels Endowed Scholarship at the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management honors the memory and achievements of Joel M. and Lenore Abels.
Joel M. Abels was editor and publisher of Travel Trade magazine for 50 years. He was a staunch supporter of the travel agency community and fought to keep the concerns and goals of the small business owner in front of the leaders of the travel industry in order to remind them that travel agents were the best distribution channel for them. Abels, known for his active lobbying and legislative action in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the industry, also created the CRUISE-A-THON and Leisure Travel/Home Based/Winter CRUISE-A-THON trade shows. He also conducted the annual Travel Trade Travel Industry Summit Conference for industry leaders and was inducted into ASTA’s Travel Hall of Fame in 2001 and into CLIA’s first Industry Hall of Fame.
The purpose of the fund is to assist today’s tourism students in becoming tomorrow’s industry leaders while maintaining the memory of Joel M. and Lenore Abels.
Delores M. Andy Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of the Delores M. Andy Scholarship is to recognize graduating seniors majoring in Sport and Recreation Management who best exemplify the “spirit” of volunteerism in their communities. Professor Emerita Delores M. Andy was herself a nationally recognized model of volunteerism, having provided outstanding service to her own community. She was also well known as a leader, a teacher, a mentor and a creator of opportunities for students to reach their full potential. Her commitment to excellence and professionalism is what led STHM alumni to establish the scholarship fund.
The purpose of the Delores M. Andy Scholarship is to recognize graduating seniors majoring in Sport and Recreation Management who best exemplify the “spirit” of volunteerism in their communities. Professor Emerita Delores M. Andy was herself a nationally recognized model of volunteerism, having provided outstanding service to her own community. She was also well known as a leader, a teacher, a mentor, and a creator of opportunities for students to reach their full potential. Her commitment to excellence and professionalism is what led STHM alumni to establish the scholarship fund.
David Bitman Endowed Scholarship
The David Bitman Endowed Scholarship is given annually to an outstanding junior or senior in Sport and Recreation Management with plans to pursue a Master of Science in Sport Business at Temple University. Additionally, a strong emphasis will be placed on community service when selecting the recipient. Eligible candidates are selected by a committee appointed by the Dean. Candidates who are planning to pursue a Master of Science in Sport Business at Temple University are identified from the junior and senior classes.
The David Bitman Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by Aaron, SBM ’55, Doris and John Bitman in memory of their beloved son and brother, David.
David was an athlete who loved sports both on and off the field. He was also extremely community minded with joy and enthusiasm for life. This scholarship honors David’s memory and celebrates his life.
This scholarship has truly made a difference in the lives of students who have received it.
“I was extremely honored to receive the Bitman Scholarship. The reward enabled me to contribute to my obtaining a Masters Degree from Temple University in Sports and Recreation Management, which has been my childhood dream – a carer in sports. Every time I see the Bitmans at Temple Athletic events, they are always very cheerful and welcoming. I am very grateful to have been a recipient of their generous award.”
-Brittany Brewington, 2011 Recipient
“The David Bitman Endowed Scholarship allowed me to realize my academic potential and pursue my professional dreams as a student in Temple University’s Sport and Recreation Management graduate program, and research assistant in the associated Sport Industry Research Center. Furthermore, the scholarship allowed me to make the most out of my summer, working as a programmer and supervisor for my local youth recreation department in Havertown, which was a great way to connect with and give back to the community, and directly applied to my area of academic interest, youth development. The benevolence and generosity of the Bitman family is truly exceptional, and we have maintained consistent contact since I received the prestigious award in May. I am committed and eager to support and enrich the scholarship for years to come.”
-Gareth Jones, 2011 Recipient
Marie Baker Brown Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for juniors and seniors in Tourism and Hospitality Management who best exemplify the spirit of hospitality and devotion to the industry as displayed by Marie Baker Brown. Please note students use a separate PDF application to apply for this scholarship.
Marie Baker Brown, a beautiful woman inside and out, lost her four year battle with breast cancer on September 17, 2006. Her love for her son, contagious energy and sincerity will be remembered and missed by all. Marie joined the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) in 1985. Her credits at the PHLCVB include producing elements for the celebration of the Bicentennial Pennsylvania Convention Center opening and the 2000 Republican National Convention, just to name a few.
Marie was a special friend to so many, and the PHLCVB is proud to partner with the Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management to create an endowment in her name. The PHLCVB has made the first generous contribution toward the endowment so that each year, at the PHLCVB Annual Luncheon, a scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates Marie’s spirit of hospitality. Please join us in celebrating Marie’s life by supporting this important educational initiative.
Evens Charles Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for senior undergraduates majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management in STHM with financial need. Students must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant Program as a part of their financial aid package.
Students must also be graduates of (i) Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington DC, (ii) a Philadelphia public high school or a Philadelphia public charter high school, (iii) a District of Columbia public high school or District of Columbia public charter high school (iv) a Prince George’s County, MD public high school or a Prince George’s County public charter high school, (v) a Baltimore City public high school or a Baltimore City public charter high school (vi) a Chester Upland public high school, (vii) a Trenton, NJ public high school, (viii) a Newark, NJ public high school, (ix) or a Camden City public high school.
Delores W. DeShields Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for juniors or seniors enrolled in STHM who best exemplify the spirit and passion for travel and tourism that Delores DeShields displayed. The recipients should embody a determination to achieve academic success, to have dreams and to never give up through challenges and disappointments. Eligible candidates are selected by a committee appointed by the Dean. The Committee will contact candidates regarding submission of a resume and essay on the topic of global travel or destination management. Applications are usually due in the spring of each year.
Delores W. DeShields always showed her strong, brave and pioneering spirit through her bright eyes and million dollar smile. After the loss of her daughter and husband, Delores rekindled her drive and passion for education and returned to school receiving her GED and later receiving her Bachelor of Science in Social Services from Antioch University. Delores pursued her professional career as a dual department manager for the JCPenney Company exhibiting that success comes in many different ways. She lived by the motto “never give up” and continued to instill this in her four sons.
Delores’ true passion in life was travel, having lived in England and traveling throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Although she loved her hometown of Philadelphia, her annual trips to Florida with her son Greg were her favorite. Delores’ special tourism belief was: “Each time I go on vacation I am looking for fun, laughter, and conversation with friends. I like to visit new places, as well as meet new people. The keywords for vacation are fun and enjoyment.”
For Delores’ legacy and love for education to live on forever, the Delores W. DeShields Scholarship Fund has been established to help Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management students achieve their dreams. The DeShields family has generously made the single largest contribution to the school to date. Please join them in celebrating Delores’ life by supporting this important educational initiative.
Tamara Gilmore Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management who are intent on a career in hospitality and event management, with preference given to students who are under-represented in this field of study and exemplify Ms. Gilmore’s professional and entrepreneurial spirit. Once an application has been submitted, eligible candidates will be contacted regarding submission of a resume and essay. Applicants should be intent on a career in hospitality or event management.
Tamara Gilmore was an accomplished business professional and entrepreneur within the hospitality industry, respected for her passion, focus and commitment to her company, Every Last Detail. Sadly, in 1999 Tamara passed away at the age of 31. Her spirit, memory and legacy will live on through this scholarship.
Watch a video of Tamara’s uncle, Larry Miller, speaking about the special person Tamara was and what this scholarship, created in her memory, means to him and her family.
Linda Higgison Scholarship
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Event Leadership Certificate Program and who exemplify the passion for the events industry as displayed by Linda Higgison.
The Linda F. Higgison Scholarship Fund was established by family and friends, in memory of Linda F. Higgison, a remarkable woman, who for over 30 years, owned and operated one of the largest event management and marketing companies in Washington, D.C.
Linda’s career in event management began after college, when she worked for the Gray Line tour company at the Capital Hilton, where she later became a manager. In 1977, with a $50 investment, she founded a firm, the Capital Informer, offering tours of Washington’s most famous sites. As her business grew, Linda designed and created one of the first technology systems to manage tours and other destination management practices. She eventually renamed her firm the TCI Companies.
Her company managed 50,000 events for more than 5,000 clients. The events included the National Spelling Bee, the second inauguration of President Bush, the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships in Washington and hundreds of corporate, association and other events throughout the world.
She branched out into sporting events and in 1996, chronicled the impact of the Carolina Panthers football team on its community in a coffee-table book, “Carolina Panthers Sunday.” Her company organized the 70th-anniversary celebration for the Washington Redskins, and she supported efforts to bring the Olympics to Washington.
Along with Joe Goldblatt, a professor at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland in the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Group (THE Group), they used their theory of eventology to design the curriculum for an event leadership certificate program at Temple’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Linda was a 1996 finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She served on many boards and helped found the first network of destination management companies.In 1998, she taught in George Washington University’s event management program and traveled to the Philippines and other countries to share her expertise with students.
The Linda F. Higgison Scholarship celebrates the life and legacy of Linda and her spirit will continue to live on through those who are awarded this scholarship.
Gavin White, Jr. Scholarship Fund
The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to underrepresented students who are receiving their degree in Sport and Recreation Management in the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, who best exemplify Gavin’s spirit of perseverance, academic excellence and community involvement. Once an application has been submitted, eligible candidates will be contacted regarding submission of a resume and essay. Applicants should be sport and recreation majors.
Once described as the glue that bound together Temple athletics, Gavin White, Jr. devoted more than four decades to Temple as an athlete, coach, assistant athletic director and athletic director. White was inducted into the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980. He played football for Temple during the 1949-50-51 seasons and during that span the Owls had only winning teams.
He coached the 1960 Temple freshman football team to a 4-1 record and Simon Gratz High School to an undefeated season in 1955. He rebuilt the Temple track program and coached his runners to the 1966 Middle Atlantic Conference University Division Championship. He received the Temple University Award in 1952 for a combination of athletic and scholastic achievement. This scholarship honors the contributions that Gavin White, Jr. has made to Temple University.
John Mannino Endowed Scholarship
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management who best exemplify the John Mannino’s passion for the hospitality industry. Once an application has been submitted, eligible candidates will be contacted regarding submission of a resume and essay on the topic of hospitality. This scholarship is based on financial need.
Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Association Scholarship
The purpose of this Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Association (PWSA) scholarship fund is to provide one annual scholarship to a student based on academic excellence and significant financial need in STHM.
Nicholas Anthony Rago Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students enrolled in STHM who have financial need and who have demonstrated significant involvement in extracurricular activities.
Ira G. Shapiro Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the Ira G. Shapiro Scholarship is to recognize undergraduate students in STHM who best exemplify academic excellence and outstanding leadership. During his 44-year tenure at Temple University, Professor Emeritus Shapiro often referred to those students as the ones who reminded him of why he chose a career in higher education—for the honor and the privilege of working with outstanding students, the next generation of leaders in the sport, recreation, tourism and hospitality industries.
STHM Senior Seminar Endowed Scholarship Fund
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to selected senior internship students in sport, recreation, tourism or hospitality. Once an application has been submitted, eligible candidates will be contacted regarding submission of a resume and essay. This scholarship is based on financial need.
The scholarships below were created by generous alumni, friends, faculty and staff, but they have not reached the endowment level.
STHM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students who best exemplify the spirit of STHM.
All applications will be reviewed by a diverse committee consisting of faculty, staff and administration in STHM. Scholarship winners will be notified shortly after a decision has been made.
Deadline: November 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Recipient must be available to attend STHM Alumni Association Holiday Party on December 7th to receive award.
SKÅL INTERNATIONAL PHILADELPHIA SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Skål International Philadelphia is the Philadelphia area club of Skal International. Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Its members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest.
This scholarship was established to provide more opportunities for students, future Skalleagues.
The first Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skål Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skål.”
Skål International today has approximately 20,000 members in 450 Clubs throughout 85 nations. Most activities occur at local level, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skål International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.
Additional Scholarship Resources
Some scholarships or other financial support may also available from the following organizations:
- American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation
- Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association
- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals
- The Club Foundation
- National Restaurant Foundation
- National Recreation and Park Association
- North American Society for Sport Management
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
- Greater Philadelphia Chapter ISES
- National Association of Athletic Development Director
- The International Association of Conference Centers
- Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
- Scholarships for African American Students
- Scholarships for Minority Students
For more information about undergraduate financial resources, please use the following links:
Any questions about the scholarship process should be directed to the Center for Student Services.
Center for Student Services
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1810 N. 13th Street
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