GBTA Georgia Chapter Professional Development Scholarship Overview and Application

Committee Members:
April Davis
Cathy Garces
Scholarship Chair:
Debbie Sievert


Member Application, click here.

Nomination Application. To nominate a non-member. Click Here.

Email application, required submission and questions to [email protected]

Member Scholarship Overview
The Georgia Business Travel Association (GBTA Georgia Chapter ) is a professional association for the travel industry.  Throughout the year, GBTA Georgia Chapter  provides educational seminars on a wide variety of topics affecting business travel management.  In addition to the monthly series, GBTA Georgia Chapter collaborates with other professional organizations to offer members industry-recognized professional education and certification opportunities on a local basis.

When Do I Apply?
Applications are due by October 31, 2020.

2020 Scholarship Opportunities:
The GBTA Georgia Chapter is committed to providing continuing education to all of our members. In conjunction with this goal, we are proud to offer up to (8) membership scholarships in 2020.

Up to eight (8) membership scholarships (to cover 2021 membership and four registration fees) to attend GBTA Georgia Chapter meetings.

In addition, members may submit scholarship requests to offset the cost of pursuing industry-related professional certifications and education. Preferred examples include GBTA Programs and Certifications, ISM Programs, ISM Certification, LeaderCast, secondary education courses at universities to advance members’ professional growth and third party workshops, seminars or symposiums. Scholarship funds may not be applied to programs sponsored by BTC, USTA nor ASTA.


  1. The scholarship budget will be reviewed and approved annually by the GBTA Georgia Chapter Board of Directors.

  2. The actual number and type of scholarships awarded by the GBTA Georgia Chapter  Scholarship Committee is subject to change based upon the number and type of qualified applications.

  3. Application
    • To qualify as a candidate for a GBTA Georgia Chapter scholarship applicants must be current on membership dues and in good standing

    • The Chapter is also offering the opportunity to nominate a non-member for membership into the Georgia Chapter.
      Please see link above.
  1. Awards
    • The recipient is required to register and make necessary arrangements to attend the educational program for which the scholarship is granted.
    •  Payment for specified course will be made directly to the scholarship recipient.
    •  If awarded a scholarship, it will be expected that the recipient either submit a recap of their experience and/or address the membership at a future meeting.
    •  In the event that the scholarship award goes unused or the recipient is no longer a member of GBTA Georgia Chapter, the funds will revert back to the GBTA Georgia Chapter Scholarship Fund.
    •  Scholarship funds must be used for the designated program for the date(s) requested or it reverts back to the GBTA Georgia Chapter  Scholarship Fund; in extenuating circumstances, recipient may submit a written request for the scholarship committee to consider re-appropriating the award to another designated course or date.
  1. Scholarship Committee Responsibilities

The GBTA Georgia Chapter  Scholarship Committee is responsible for all aspects of the scholarship program, except disbursement of funds, which is handled by the GBTA Georgia Chapter administrator.  Committee responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  •  Recommending scholarship program budget to board annually, including disposition of unused funds.
  •  Developing and utilizing selection criteria for scholarships.
  •  Verifying eligibility of applicants, reviewing applications and selecting recipients.
  •  Promoting scholarship opportunities and timelines among members through submission of write-ups, testimonials, or other content for use in e-newsletters, on the GBTA Georgia Chapter website, or at meetings.
  • Submitting scholarship recipient selections to GBTA Georgia Chapter  President and Chairman for approval.
  •  Notifying recipients and non-recipients of outcome of application.
  •  Announcing recipients at designated meetings.
  •  Providing copies of documentation to the GBTA Georgia Chapter  administrator for the records.
  •  The Scholarship Committee is made up of a committee chairperson and committee members, who will consist of the Immediate Past President and volunteers from the chapter; the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee is appointed by the President and is a member of the GBTA Georgia Chapter  Board of Directors.