The Lois Searles ‘Unpaid Internship’ Scholarship Award was established to assist students who are pursuing an unpaid internship to gain experience in the hospitality and tourism industries. This award will assist a student who may not otherwise have the opportunity to accept an unpaid internship position in the field of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Recipients for this scholarship shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University. They must be an undergraduate student and enrolled as a full time student, have a declared major in Hospitality and Tourism Management, enrolled in internship course (HTM 290,390 or 490), shall be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University, and must demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
"As a Junior in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Grand Valley, I received the Lois Searles Unpaid Internship Award. As a student with an emphasis in Meeting and Event Management, I landed an internship with the American Diabetes Association in Grand Rapids. Working for this organization expanded my passion for this industry from weddings and social events to fundraisers and non-profit awareness events. I am grateful this scholarship helped cover the expenses of getting to/from my internship 25+ hours a week and relieved me from working full-time so I could focus on my loaded course load. It is such a blessing to have a scholarship opportunity such as the Lois Searles Unpaid Internship Award, to make it possible to obtain an events internship in the non-profit sector. Upon graduating this April, I plan to stay in the Grand Rapids area for half a year before taking time to travel in an effort to fully embrace all the hospitality industry has to offer in every corner of the world."