Educational Foundation

Hospitality and tourism ranks as the Charlotte region’s fourth largest industry, representing more than 100,000 jobs. The CRVA is strongly committed to ensuring this vital industry has a bright future by training and identifying its future leaders. To show its commitment, the CRVA Educational Foundation was created to provide both educational and professional development opportunities for these standout leaders.

Scholarships in increments of up to $1,000 are awarded quarterly on an annual basis to those employed in the industry currently or to those pursuing graduate and/or undergraduate degrees in hospitality-related programs at an accredited college or university. The largest annual fundraiser for the CRVA Educational Foundation is the Annual Jerry Thornton Girl’s Day Away. Hosted by the CRVA and Visit Charlotte, it’s a day for ladies in the hospitality and tourism industry to network and enjoy a day on the links. The date for the 2015 event is set for Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

What does the Educational Foundation fund?

The Educational Foundation normally provides support for educational-based courses or seminars that are directly related to the hospitality industry. Examples of current program priorities include:

Improving the hospitality experience:  Studies show that younger workers, as well as seasoned professionals, need to be engaged in an "experience" beyond the ordinary to be influenced to change behavior. Customers will be looking for new behaviors in the new service-based economy.

Industry work force: The business model and the hospitality service model of the 21st century will be more about collaboration than one-way communication along a strict hierarchy. A multinational, ethnically and experientially diverse workforce representing a vast range of age groups will participate in delivering hospitality service.

Technology:  Technologies are converging to extend the voice, the ear and the mind of the business professional to anywhere at any time. What is gained and what is lost when individually oriented technology alternatives replace more traditional forms of group communication? How will this affect the hospitality industry?

Our changing industry: As hotel companies merge, service cultures consolidate, and businesses modify the way they provide customer service, changes will also occur in the way employees and managers conduct business.

What is not funded by the Educational Foundation? 

The Foundation does not make grants for general operations, for covering general non-hospitality coursework in institutions of higher learning, venture capital proposals, capital improvements, business equipment or supplies, or endowments. Additionally, applicants are only eligible for a one-time receipt of scholarship from the Foundation; however applicants who have not received a scholarship can apply multiple times.

Who is eligible? 

Applicants must be employed in the hospitality industry in the Charlotte region, or graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university hospitality industry-related program. Scholarships are also available to CRVA employees to support their continuing education through related seminars or certification programs.

Scholarship Timetable

January - March

  • Application Deadline: March 31
  • Award Date: April 30

April - June

  • Application Deadline: June 30
  • Award Date: July 31

 July - September

  • Application Deadline: September 30
  • Award Date: October 31

October - December

  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Award Date: January 31

Scholarship Amounts and Funding 

Scholarship amounts up to $1,000 are awarded at the discretion of the CRVA Educational Foundation Board.

How to Apply

Complete an application for the Student Scholarship or Continuing Education Scholarship and return to:

CRVA Educational Foundation
Attention: Corey Lee
501 South College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Additional Resources:

Background and Purpose

Mission Statement