Professional Development Scholarship Terms & Requirements

Scholarship Opportunities

GBTA Tampa Chapter supports the pursuit of professional development through various industry certifications offered by the Global Business Travel Association and GBTA's other education programs such as GBTA Convention. Through our affiliation with GBTA, GBTA Foundation (formerly Institute of Business Travel Management) and the CPC (Chapter President’s Council) we are able to offer educational scholarships for a variety of programs.

Requirements and procedures for earning a scholarship through GBTA Tampa Chapter are noted below. Questions concerning the application process should be directed to the GBTA Tampa Chapter Education & Scholarship committee at contact@gbta-tampabay.org

Submit your Scholarship form, please login to the member area, click on the page and complete the online form.

General Scholarship Terms:

  1. Scholarships will be awarded to qualified active members of GBTA Tampa Chapter to advance their career in the business travel industry.
  2. Scholarships will be awarded in various amounts based on need.
  3. Scholarships cannot be applied to courses already completed.
  4. Scholarships must be used within one year of acceptance.
  5. Scholarships are given to the individual and are not transferable.
  6. After completion of the program/course/certificate/certification for which the scholarship was used, recipient must share their experience at the first available GBTA Tampa Chapter meeting and/or must write a short article about their experience for our newsletter.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Applicant's company must certify that it endorses the applicant and will allow the applicant necessary time and/or additional funding to attend the courses or programs.
  2. Applicants must be a current active member of GBTA Tampa Chapter in good standing at the time the application is submitted, the scholarship awarded and the funds dispersed.
  3. Applicant must comply with all schedules and requirements pertaining to the scholarship application process.
  4. Applicants are eligible to receive no more than $500 in a consecutive one year (12 month) period.

Application Submission Process:

1)      Complete and return all forms:

i)        Application

ii)      Essay - autobiographic essay outlining professional development plan, stating why the applicant is applying for the scholarship and why the applicant should be selected. The essay should be between 100-250 words in length.

2)      All applications (and questions) are to be sent to contact@gbta-tampabay.org and this email address will be maintained Chapter’s Secretary.

3)       The 2017 GBTA Tampa Chapter Annual Scholarship has a deadline of April 30, 2017.

Application Review Process:

  1. Full applications are treated as privileged communication and are restricted to: Chairman Education/Scholarship Committee.
  2. The application will be assigned a number and the (numbered) application will be forwarded to the Evaluation Committee.
  3. Evaluation Committee shall consist of active Direct and Allied members who are not requesting a scholarship this year.
  4. Once the application is reviewed, and either approved or denied, the applicant will be notified by VP of Internal Affairs. Exception: the GBTA Annual Convention recipient/s will be announced at the April meeting.
  5. See Application form at our website.
  6. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come/ first-served and merit basis.
  7. The decision of GBTA Tampa Chapter to grant or not to grant a scholarship rests within the sole and unfettered discretion of the chapter, shall be final and binding, and shall not be subject to challenge in any court for any reason.

Scholarship Funds Disbursement:

  1. Recipients will have 12 months from the time the scholarship is awarded for the scholarship funds to be used.
  2. Recipient must pay for their selected educational program directly and submit proper documentation showing that the course/event was completed. Other arrangements will be considered on a one-to-one basis.
  3. An expense reimbursement form will be provided to each recipient. Scholarship funds will apply to tuition, registration and travel expenses. Original or scanned receipts will be required for reimbursement.
  4. A GBTA Tampa Chapter check will be sent directly to the recipient once proper documentation has been received by our Treasurer. Unless other arrangements have been agreed upon.
  5. Exception: The 2017 GBTA Convention Scholarship recipient/s may submit an expense reimbursement request for the registration fee immediately and/or this fee may be paid directly by GBTA Tampa Chapter Treasurer.