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$25,000 National Scholarship Award



Big Picture Conferences Launches National Scholarship Award

Big Picture Conferences (BPC) has been instrumental in supporting education in the Canadian Hotel and Hospitality industry over the past 23 years and it has contributed well over $1.2 million dollars towards programs and student scholarships for the leaders of tomorrow.

We are excited to continue the tradition with a brand-new scholarship fund launching in 2019.
The Canadian Hotel Investment Conference Scholarship Award will support Canada’s post-secondary college and university institutions and their students.

As part of our long-term commitment to education and the development of well-trained hospitality industry professionals, BPC has established a “collaborative” scholarship of $25,000 that will be awarded annually to a recognized education institution AND two enrolled students at the same institution. This award was created to support upper year students (5th semester or higher) who are pursuing a career in the Hospitality field and who are enrolled in any Hospitality, Tourism, Hotel Management stream, school, diploma, program etc. at a recognized Canadian college or university.

The $25,000 cash scholarship will be divided up as follows:

  • $15,000 will be allocated to a Canadian university or college towards student learning opportunities at the discretion of the department advisor.

The school must demonstrate the following:

    • ONE-PAGE letter outlining the financial need for student learning opportunities. Indicate where funds would be allocated (for example; travel expenses for students’ attendance at industry conferences, case competitions, program development, awards ceremonies, student events, educational tours etc.)
  • $10,000 will be allocated directly for two "full-time" students who are currently enrolled in the same Canadian university or college selected to receive the $15,000 fund. Winning students will each receive $5000 and receive complimentary passes and one night’s accommodation to attend the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference (May 13-14, 2019 | Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel) and accept their award on stage on May 14. Travel expenses will not be included.

The students must demonstrate the following:

    • Be in their 5th semester or higher and be returning to school in Sept 2019
    • ONE-PAGE letter outlining the 4 items below:
      • a strong interest for a career in the Canadian hotel industry
      • their work experience (paid, co-op or volunteer) in hotel/resort operations and career objective to continue in the hotel sector upon graduation
      • summary of their academic performance in hotel related courses
      • extracurricular involvements (school clubs, activities, events and honours)
    • TWO letters of recommendations from a current faculty member and/or school administrator, and/or past or present employers etc. The two nominators must provide a concise description on why the students should receive this award and each letter must be signed and include address; telephone and email address and be on school/ company letterhead.
    • Photo of student applicant: The photo must be a colour picture, please NO creative shots.
    • Copy of resume
    • Recipients must be Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents

Website Posting of Recipients:
Winners names and Linked-In profile will be posted on the Big Picture Conferences website on April 23, 2019.

Method of application:

Download and send application form to:
Orie Berlasso, Managing Director at Big Picture Conferences

Deadline for applications: APRIL 12, 2019

Final decisions and announcement of winners; APRIL 23, 2019


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