New scholarship award & student support program introduced

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) has awarded a variety of 2023 scholarships totaling $9,240 to nine recent high school graduates and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in or related to the hospitality and tourism industry.The annual program is one of the ways tourism continues giving back in the Poconos (see next page for recipients).

New for 2023, the PMVB has established the Robert Uguccioni Memorial Scholarship in honor of one of the region’s strongest advocates and tourism leaders who passed away in late 2022. This new scholarship compliments the Bob Uguccioni Endowed Scholarship, which was created in 2015.

The PMVB also offers the newly established Student Membership Program, allowing students to enhance their career growth in tourism, hospitality, and related industries. The complimentary program helps students gain career insights, network with local professionals and potential mentors, as well as access various PMVB benefits.

“We are proud to partner and collaborate regularly with regional educational institutions to support our future leaders and workforce through internships, scholarships, and initiatives such as the Student Membership Program,” said Chris Barrett, President/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “The tourism industry makes for a promising career, especially here in the Poconos, providing sustainable wages and endless opportunity for advancement.”

Scholarships are available to East Stroudsburg University (ESU) and Northampton Community College (NCC) students as well as high school or technical institute seniors from the four-county Pocono region who are entering a two-year or four-year college or university. Recipients are pursuing degrees in hospitality and tourism or supporting fields such as business, graphic design, or videography.

Proceeds from the upcoming 12th Annual Dario Belardi Golf Tournament will benefit the PMVB Scholarship Program.

Email [email protected] to inquire about future scholarships.

2023 PMVB Scholarship Recipients:





High School


Aiden Beers

Carbon Career & Technical Institute,
Lehighton Area School District

$1,000 PMVB General Scholarship
Angelina Fitzgerald Wallenpaupack Area School District $1,000 Robert Uguccioni Memorial Scholarship
Katherine Gude PMSD Cyber Program, Northampton Community College $1,000 PMVB General Scholarship
Abigail Kirsten

Wallenpaupack Area School District

$1,000 PMVB General Scholarship
Aaron Rogers Wallenpaupack Area School District $1,000 Harry & Mary Kiesendahl Memorial Scholarship
Dylan Shick Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Palmerton Area School District $1,000 Robert Uguccioni Memorial Scholarship
Dakota Trach Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Lehighton Area School District $  500 PMVB General Scholarship


Hannah Strunk East Stroudsburg University $1,000 PMVB Annual Scholarship
Kaeli Weatherford East Stroudsburg University $1,740 Bob Uguccioni Endowed Scholarship


Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at or by phone at (570) 421-5791. Follow @PoconoTVNetwork on X (formerly Twitter) to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit membership organization. The PMVB is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon in Northeastern Pennsylvania.