ISPA Accepting Tabacchi Scholarship Applications


Are you looking to expand your spa career but are overwhelmed by the price of spa management school? Then the International Spa Association (ISPA) has the answer for you. Apply for the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. Created in 2006 in honor of industry pioneer and Cornell University Associate Professor Mary H. Tabacchi, Ph.D., R.D., the scholarship awards potential spa management students $2,500 towards their education. Applications will be accepted through March 15.

“With spa employment on the rise, it is vital that we provide the best education and opportunities for the next generation of spa industry leaders,” says ISPA Foundation President Jeff Kohl. “The Mary Tabacchi Scholarship does just that, by aiding a student in fulfilling their career goals. The ISPA Foundation is dedicated to providing the best tools and resources for the spa industry leaders of today and tomorrow.”

Students may access the application here.

To qualify, students must be enrolled part- or full-time in a two- or four-year spa-related program, with a demonstrated interest or emphasis in spa management and have a minimum of one year completed at a post-secondary educational institution.

Applicants must:

  • have a minimum GPA (or international equivalent) of 2.75;
  • complete a scholarship application, which includes an essay section describing their skills and qualifications, as well as personal and professional goals;
  • submit at least two references, one of which must be from their school advisor, indicating enrollment status, year in school, and emphasis in spa management;
  • submit original college transcripts that include evidence of courses taken and GPA (or international equivalent).

For more information regarding the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship, or to make a donation to the scholarship fund please visit the ISPA Foundation Web site.


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