The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau supports future leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry with a variety of scholarships for high school and undergraduate students.

Scholarships provided by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau set up our region's workforce for success by encouraging local students to pursue degrees in hotel, restaurant and tourism management, recreation and leisure services management or related fields that support the hospitality and tourism industry.

Scholarships for High School Seniors

High school scholarships are awarded upon completion of the student's first semester at an accredited post-secondary school in an approved course of study. Interested students should reach out to your school's advisor or guidance counselor to see if you qualify and to begin the application process. See application links below. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions on the process.

Available to students in their senior year of high school or technical institute within one of the four counties of the Poconos: Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon

  • Robert Uguccioni Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. Recipient's major must be in Hospitality Management/Travel & Tourism Management, Culinary Arts or Recreation and Leisure Services Management. (Scholarship Application)
  • PMVB General Scholarship: $500 to $1000. Recipient's major must be in an area, such as business or design, that would support hospitality, tourism or recreation. (Scholarship Application)

Available exclusively to Wallenpaupack Area School District seniors:

  • Harry & Mary Kiesendahl Memorial Scholarship: $1,000. Recipient's major must be in Hospitality Management/Travel & Tourism Management or Culinary Arts. (Scholarship Application)

Scholarships for Undergraduates

Available to students at East Stroudsburg University:

  • Bob Uguccioni Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will assist an East Stroudsburg University undergraduate student majoring in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management program. Scholarship recipients must be full-time students with at least a 2.90 overall QPA and 3.0 QPA in their major who have completed at least 60 credits at ESU. Scholarship recipients will be selected annually in the Spring semester by the ESU Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management Department Scholarship Committee. The award will be credited to the recipient's tuition and fees for the following fall semester.
  • PMVB Annual Scholarship: $1,000. Recipients must be majoring in Recreation and Leisure Services Management. Students must be enrolled full-time and have completed at least 62 credits at ESU with a minimum QPA of 3.0 overall and in their major. Must have a minimum of nine credits in their major and demonstrate leadership qualities and involvement in commercial recreation/tourism industry activities. Selected by the ESU Recreation and Leisure Services Management Scholarship Committee and PMVB. Contact Laurie Schaller, Senior Accountant and Scholarship Manager at the East Stroudsburg University Foundation, with any questions.

Available to students at Northampton County Community College – Monroe Campus:

  • PMVB Endowed Scholarship.
  • Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau in memory of Dr. Matthew J. Connell Endowed Scholarship at Northampton Community College Foundation: $1,000. Recipients must have a 3.00 GPA or higher and have completed their internship the summer or fall prior to applying, or be currently enrolled in the internship class and have over 125 hours completed during the spring semester. Contact [email protected] or 610-861-5594 with any questions.

Annual deadline is April 30.

To learn more about PMVB scholarships, please contact [email protected].

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Membership Program

This free program allows students to enhance their career growth in tourism, hospitality, and other related industries.