The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) has awarded a variety of scholarships to eleven recent high school graduates and undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in or related to the hospitality and tourism industry. The scholarship program, which the PMVB organizes and funds annually, is benefitting a record number of local students this year (see next page for recipients).

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

“We are honored to provide financial support once again to students as they embark on an exciting and rewarding career path,” said Chris Barrett, President/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “Tourism is a promising business, especially here in the Poconos, as our industry provides sustainable wages and endless opportunity for growth. It is our goal to encourage and set up the future workforce for success.”

ESU and NCC scholarship recipients are selected by their own professors and staff members, while a committee of PMVB employees selects the high school recipients.

Proceeds from the upcoming 11th Annual Dario Belardi Golf Tournament at Hideaway Hills Golf Club on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, will benefit the PMVB Scholarship Program.

Email to inquire about future scholarships or donate toward the cause.

2022 PMVB Scholarship Recipients:





Chris Elisseou

Pocono Mountain West High School

PMVB General Scholarship $   500
Ella Farnell Jim Thorpe Area High School PMVB General Scholarship $1,000
Angela Hubner Wallenpaupack Area High School Harry & Mary Kiesendahl Scholarship $1,000
Savannah Marinho

Pocono Mountain East High School,
Monroe Career & Technical Institute

PMVB Hospitality Scholarship $1,000
Hannah Mitchell Wallenpaupack Area High School PMVB Hospitality Scholarship $1,000
Elias Norton Rivera East Stroudsburg High School South PMVB General Scholarship $   500
Angelina Seagrave Carbon Career & Technical Institute PMVB Hospitality Scholarship $1,000
William Been East Stroudsburg University Bob Uguccioni Endowed Scholarship $1,750
Josephine Milanzi Northampton Community College Heart of Hospitality $1,000
Angela O’Brien East Stroudsburg University PMVB Annual Scholarship $1,000
Melanie Padilla Northampton Community College Heart of Hospitality $1,000


Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at or by phone at (570) 421-5791. Follow @PoconoTVNetwork on 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.