The Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors were pleased to present the 4 Scholarship Recipients for the 2019 Scholarship Program a check for $2,000 during the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Monday, June 10. All four 4 recipients were in attendance and enjoyed 3 days of getting to know professionals from Florida's hospitality and tourism industries. To date, the Foundation has awarded $36,500 to 52 recipients since its inception in 2013.
Nico is an employee of the Oldest Wooden School House in St. Augustine where she works as the attraction's Brand Development Manager. Before joining the team, Nico spent several years managing her family's business, Saint Augustine Art Glass. No stranger to the thriving tourism industry in the historic town of St. Augustine, she brings a diverse background of experience to the industry. She is currently enrolled at Flagler College where she is pursuing a degree in Public Administration.
Kiara is not only an employee of FAA member attraction Fun Spot America, but she also volunteers her time with FAA associate member Give Kids the World. She is a student at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality where she is pursing a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Management. She has diligently worked her way up at Fun Spot America Kissimmee - originally hired as an entry-level food and beverage attendee to working in their Arcade and Admissions department - proving herself to be an incredible asset to the attractions industry.
Kiara is currently a student at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida (UCF) pursing a degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Marketing. She is an Event Services Associate for the UCF Student Union and also an employee of Visit Orlando where she works as a Convention Assistant. Her extracurricular activities include being a Dean's Ambassador for the Rosen College Leadership Council and acting as a Mentor for the Rosen College Peer Outreach Mentoring Program.
Having graduated with Honors from Florida Gulf Coast University where Abigail received her Bachelor of Arts in History, she is furthering her education while pursuing a Masters in Public History from the same school. She is an employee of Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers where she works as a front desk and group sales assistant. Her passion for history and positive attitude make her a great fit for the attraction. She also volunteers her time at church as well as with the Gulf Coast Humane Society.