Florida Attractions Foundation Rebrands, Refocuses on Members

Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation to Award to FAA Members & Families

In 2012, the Florida Attractions Association (FAA) announced the creation of the Florida Attractions Foundation (FAF). As a result of the generous support of our members, the FAF has awarded $19,000 in scholarships to 33 recipients.

The FAF Board recently met and determined a new direction. Now called the Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation (FASF), the new name emphasizes the purpose of the Foundation: to award financial support to post-secondary students studying in hospitality-related fields. 

Another significant change will be the recipients of these scholarships. In past years, the Foundation has worked directly with a number of Florida colleges and universities to identify deserving recipients. Beginning this year, scholarships will be awarded exclusively to employees to FAA member businesses and their dependents. The goal is to provide an additional benefit to FAA members and concentrate the organization’s limited resources on its own FAA family.

The Foundation anticipates it will award a minimum of four, $1,000 scholarships this spring.  Recipients will be invited to attend the 2018 Annual Conference in Naples, June 10-13 to receive their scholarship. Details about the application process will be announced in February.


Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors

Kurt Allen, Industry Statesman

Wayne Atherholt, City of St. Petersburg, Mayor's Office

Rick Beddow, Special Olympics Florida

Holly Blount, Industry Statesman

Paul Burns, Burns Consulting

Rick Cain, St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

Eric Eimstad, Miami Seaquarium

Elaine Fraser, The Oldest Wooden School House Historic Museum and Gardens

Steve Geis, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Andrew  Hertz, Miami Seaquarium

Linda Higgins, FPIS, Inc. Brochure Distribution

Matt  Johnson, IMAG History & Science Center

Barbara Kenney, Kenney Communications, Inc.

Kim Long, Industry Statesman

Nick Romeo, Merlin Entertainments

Scott Rose, Tourism Insights

Chuck Wray, Jr., Welcome Guide-Map / CJ Publishers