GeorgiaBTA Professional Development Scholarship Overview and Application


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Member Scholarship Overview

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

When Do I Apply

Scholarship applications are due by JUNE 1 of the current year.

Scholarship Opportunities

GeorgiaBTA works with corporate partners and conducts other fund-raisers to create a scholarship program used to help members 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  ACTE, BTC, USTA nor ASTA.


1) Budget

  1.  The scholarship budget will be reviewed and approved annually by the GeorgiaBTA Board of Directors.
  2.  The actual number and type of scholarships awarded by the GeorgiaBTA Scholarship Committee is subject to change based upon the number and type of qualified applications.

2) Application

a. To qualify as a candidate for a GeorgiaBTA scholarship, members must have completed at least one full year of membership, be current on membership dues, and attended a minimum of three GeorgiaBTA-sponsored events.

3) Awards

  1.  The recipient is required to register and make necessary arrangements to attend the educational program for which the scholarship is granted.

  2.  Payment for specified course will be made directly to the scholarship recipient.

  3.  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.

  4.  In the event that the scholarship award goes unused or the recipient is no longer a member of GeorgiaBTA, the funds will revert back to the GeorgiaBTA Scholarship Fund.

  5.  Scholarship funds must be used for the designated program for the date(s) requested or it reverts back to the GeorgiaBTA 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.

Scholarship Committee Responsibilities

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

  1.  Recommending scholarship program budget to board annually, including disposition of unused funds.
  2.  Developing and utilizing selection criteria for scholarships.
  3.  Verifying eligibility of applicants, reviewing applications and selecting recipients.
  4.  Promoting scholarship opportunities and timelines among members through submission of write-ups, testimonials, or other content for use in e-newsletters, on the GeorgiaBTA website, or at meetings.
  5.  Submitting scholarship recipient selections to GeorgiaBTA President and Chairman for approval.
  6.  Notifying recipients and non-recipients of outcome of application.
  7.  Announcing recipients at designated meetings.
  8.  Providing copies of documentation to the GeorgiaBTA administrator for the records.
  9.  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 GeorgiaBTA Board of Directors.