HTM Scholarships


Scholarships Within GVSU for HTM Majors


Benjamin Mutnick "Mettle" Scholarship Award for Hospitality and Tourism Management

Award Amount: up to $1,500; Non-Renewable

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Recent Recipients:
2018-2019
Marcus Smith

2017-2018
Laura Shinavier

2016-2017
Catrice Conover

2015-2016
Skye Thebo

2014-2015
Bazel Shaw

Established in memory of GVSU HTM Professor, Ben Mutnick, to recognize an HTM student who, like Professor Mutnick, has persevered through and/or overcome challenging or adverse conditions in their own lives while, at the same time, achieving success in the HTM Program.  Each award recipient will demonstrate a sincere motivation to succeed, despite such trials and tribulations.  Student should note that this award is not limited solely to those individuals who may have overcome severe illness, but is available to those students who endured any significant obstacle with an optimistic aspiration to succeed, despite all odds.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Declared major in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Must be a full-time (12 credits) undergraduate student during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University (min. 2.0 GPA)
  • Note: Previous recipients of the Benjamin Mutnick Mettle Award are not eligible to apply.

Ben Mutnick Headshot

Despite being diagnosed with stage IV cancer, and constant and relentless repercussions from this illness, Professor Mutnick maintained an extraordinary dedication to both his students and to GVSU. Though he lost his battle with cancer, the legacy he leaves behind represents more than a professor going out of his way for GVSU’s students, but rather an unbridled spirit which would not be defeated by a tragic illness that touches so many of our lives, and the lives of our friends and loved ones.


Charles and Susan Baker-Clark Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarship for Study Abroad

Award Amount: Varies; Non-Renewable

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist HTM students with the cost of their study abroad program.

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled for three credits hours or more with a declared major in HTM.
  • Must be accepted to participate in an HTM filed study course with an international component and/or a HTM faculty-led study abroad program
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards

Charles Baker-Clark Headshot

The Charles and Susan Baker-Clark HTM Scholarship is created in honor of Dr. Charles Baker-Clark, former HTM Department Chair, and his wife Susan Baker-Clark, both long-time supporters of internationalization and study abroad opportunities for Grand Valley State University (GVSU) students.


Hospitality and Tourism Management Clubs Scholarship

Award Amount: up to $1,500; Non-Renewable

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Recent Recipients:
2018-2019

Bianca Weir

2017-2018
Sarah Gonzales

2016-2017
Jacques Christian

2015-2016
Taylor Losee

2014-2015
Aaron Ohl

The HTM Clubs, in conjunction with the HTM Department, is providing this scholarship to a registered club member who has demonstrated an active interest in the club’s success and development.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Recipients will have been accepted for or are currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate student, currently enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits/semester) with junior or senior status during the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 semesters
  • Must have declared a major in Hospitality and Tourism Management and be making satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA or higher)
  • Be a member of at least one of the following clubs:
    • American Hotel & Lodging Association (GVSU AHLA
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management Club (HTM Club
    • Meeting Professionals International (GVSU MPI
    • National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (GVSU NSMH
    • Parks, Adventure, & Recreation Club (GVSU PARC)
    • Professional Convention and Meeting Association (GVSU PCMA)
  • Must be an “active” member in one of the HTM Clubs listed above. Active members are those who demonstrate their commitment by regular attendance at meetings, activities/events, promotion of membership and other activities deemed appropriate by the committee

HTM Club members with Louie the Laker during a tour of ArtPrize

To be eligible for the HTM Clubs Scholarship, students must be an active member of one or more of our HTM clubs by participating in club activities, like going on a walking tour of ArtPrize in downtown Grand Rapids (pictured above), for example.


Lois Searles Hospitality and Tourism Management Unpaid Internship Award

Award Amount: up to $1,500; Non-Renewable

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Recent Recipients:
2018-2019

Noah Catton
Jordan Edwards

2017-2018
Meghan Fitzgerald

2016-2017
Renae Lipke

2015-2016
Nicole Patterson

2014-2015
Alica Arnold

Established to assist students who are pursuing an unpaid internship to gain experience in the hospitality and tourism industry.  It will assist a student who may not otherwise have the opportunity to accept an unpaid internship program in the HTM field.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Declared major in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Enrolled in an internship course (HTM 290, 390, or 490)Please Note: You should have already completed or be currently working on an unpaid internship at the time you apply.
  • Must be a full-time (12 credits) undergraduate student during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University (min. 2.0 GPA)
  • Must demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Note: Previous recipients of the Lois Searles “Unpaid Internship” award are not eligible to apply

Lois Searles Headshot

Lois Searles served as the Department Coordinator for the HTM department for 21 years and was instrumental in the department's growth. Lois' knowledge and experience in University matters were an asset to the department, and she was a constant source of information and help to our students.


Richard A. Winn Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association Endowed Scholarship

Award Amount: up to $1,500; Renewable

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Recent Recipients:
2018-2019

Mario Garza

2017-2018
Avion Silas

2016-2017
Nakaria Williams

To assist students with the cost of their education, increase awareness of careers in hospitality and tourism management, and promote diversity in the field. Recipients for this scholarship should:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
  • Must be an undergraduate enrolled for 12 credit hours or more in any course of study with priority given to students majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater and meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Candidates must represent a minority status. Multiracial candidates may also qualify for this scholarship
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are the first in their family to earn a four-year degree (First Generation)

Financial need is required and must be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Renewal Criteria: This scholarship may be renewed with reapplication provided the recipient continues to meet the qualifications stated above.

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Established in 2016 by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) in honor of Richard A. “Rick” Winn. Rick, president of Amway Hotel Corporation (AHC), is a driving force behind its trio of Grand Rapids hotels. In his current role, Winn oversees the operations for the Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, and Downtown Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids.


The Malinoski Family Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarship

Award Amount: up to $1,500; Non-Renewable

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Recent Recipients:
2018-2019

Madison Bystry
Catlyn Stark

2017-2018
Brianna Greenough

2016-2017
Saige Prosser

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist and encourage students who are in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Recipients must be accepted or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must have a declared major in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Must be a junior or senior enrolled as a full-time (12 credits) undergraduate student during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Financial need may be considered and shall be demonstrated by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Note: Previous recipients of the Malinoski Family Hospitality and Tourism Management scholarship are not eligible to apply

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As a Legacy Family, Dr. Murray and Pam Malinoski are proud parents of two GVSU alums, one being a HTM alum, and through their experience with the University they identified a need for students who wish to continue their education. With this scholarship, the Malinoski family wants to provide opportunities for students to finish their undergraduate career.


Hyatt Place Grand Rapids - South

Award Amount: up to $500; Non-Renewable

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Recent Recipients:
2018-2019

Ashley Perry

2017-2018
Mary Dreslinski

2016-2017
Deanna DeWitt

2015-2016
Renae Lipke

2014-2015
Kaitlyn Dunneback

To recognize Grand Valley’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program for preparing quality professionals who are pursuing careers in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

  • Undergraduate student enrolled full time (at least 12 credits/semester) junior or *senior *
  • Must have a declared major of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Must be degree seeking and making satisfactory academic progress
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Previous recipients of the Hyatt Place Award are not eligible to apply

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South Logo

The Hyatt Place Grand Rapids - South HTM Scholarship was established to celebrate the grand opening of the new hotel in 2009. At the time of opening, 25% of their employees were affiliated with Grand Valley State University.


Additional HTM-Related Scholarships


If you have any questions regarding scholarships,
please contact Victoria Stubbs, HTM Department Secretary,
at stubbsvi@gvsu.edu, or at (616) 331-3118.



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