Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship
The Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship (LTMS) honors Linda Thompson, who was a vital part of the Destination Management Company (DMC) profession and event industry. She was an owner of Cappa and Graham, Inc. in San Francisco, CA and a vital part of the DMC Network. Linda dedicated herself to mentoring young professionals and raising the level of excellence in the DMC industry.
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ADMEI acknowledges that education is a critical element to the success of those pursuing a career in the DMC industry and is proud to administer the LTMS Program. Each $1,000 scholarship is payable to an accredited college or university with a meetings management or hospitality program.
Winners are announced at ADMEI’s Annual Conference, held in February. Recipients that elect to attend the Conference receive a complimentary conference registration, hotel accommodations, and airfare assistance to and from the event.
Deadline for 2020 Scholarship Entries - November 1, 2019
Applications are accepted from individuals throughout the world who are preparing for a career in Destination Management. The length of the program must be one year or longer. Two scholarships may be awarded: one to a North American student and one to a non-North American student.
How to Apply
- Complete the 2020 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship Application.
- Save in PDF Format.
- Include Last Name in file name: LTMS Application – [Last Name]
- Submit a Résumé
- Submit a Letter of Recommendation from either a college/university professor or a professional in the event industry that verifies:
- Applicant’s commitment and ability to complete the educational program
- Experience in the event management industry, whether volunteer or paid
- Aptitude to deal with the demands of the Destination Management profession
- Essay (minimum 250 words) covering the following topics (all documents should be submitted in English):
- Explanation of interest in the Destination Management/Event Management industry.
- Explanation of knowledge or experience in the Destination Management/Event Management field.
- Focus of study and goals.
- How would receiving this scholarship help you achieve your stated goals.
- What is the last event you attended? What did you like about it? What would you do differently?
Send application, letter of recommendation, and resume in one email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: LTMS Application – [Last name].
Applications are reviewed by the ADMEI Scholarship Committee comprised of Destination Management professionals. The decision will be made prior to the ADMEI Annual Conference and the winners will be notified immediately. Winners will also be acknowledged at the 2020 ADMEI Annual Conference.
2020 ADMEI Annual Conference
30 January - 1 February 2020
Sheraton Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico USA
Scholarship winner(s) need not be present to accept the scholarship; however, winners that elect to attend receive a complimentary conference registration, hotel accommodations, and airfare assistance to and from the event.
2019 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholars
Ekaterina Antonova is this year’s international winner. A sophomore at The St. Petersburg State University of Economics, Ekaterina is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management. She has served as an intern with Tsar Events Russia, a Hosts Global Member, which evolved into several part-time positions with the DMC. Her native language is Russian, but she is also fluent in English and worked as an operation manager’s assistant for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
This year’s North American winner is Hannah Patterson, sophomore at University of Central Florida. Hannah is majoring in Hospitality Management with a minor in Human Services and Leadership. She has a 4.0 GPA and has served as an intern for 360 Destination Group. She is a member of the UCF Student Government Leadership Council and the UCF Lead Scholars Academy Philanthropy Committee.
2018 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholars
Natalie Castillo is a senior at Niagara University working on her BS Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a Spanish minor. As a first-generation college student, she is a full-time student and strives to be as actively involved as she can. Natalie is the Community Service Chair for the Bienvenidos Club, one of three Student Co-Directors for Niagara University Campus Tours, and a student member of the Hospitality and Tourism Association. This summer she is a Food and Beverage Intern at the Chicago Yacht Club learning about a different aspect in the hospitality industry.
Lindsay Bauman is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Event Management at the University of Central Florida. She holds a passion for the event and hospitality industry, and has held positions as wedding assistant, intern with Andy Frain Services, recreation at the Four Seasons Resort, intern for Playlist Live, intern for Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, project coordinator for Foxtail Coffee Company, and most recently an intern for Johns Hopkins University. She previously served as the Programs and Education Chair for Knights Special Events Society, a mentor in the Rosen College Peer Outreach Mentoring Program, a campus ambassador for the One Love Organization, a recruitment chair for Sigma Phi Lambda, and is an active member in the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, International Live Events Association, National Association of Catering and Events. Additionally, Lindsay has been on the Rosen College of Hospitality Management’s Dean’s List for her entire college career, is a member of Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society and has completed both the Civic Engagement and Lead Out Loud Multicultural Leadership tracks within LEAD Scholars. Upon graduation in December 2018 she hopes to work within entertainment or corporate events.
2017 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholars
Daniel McMillan honed his interest in event planning by helping to plan his aunt’s wedding. One year later, at age 36, his aunt died. The last thing she told Daniel was that nothing could stop him from chasing his dreams, no matter how many barriers he had to break down to get there.
Daniel is on the Dean’s List while working full time and yet finds time to work with non-profit organizations. In his position on the steering committee he has held key positions in planning 8 conference with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with 2,000 – 20,000 international attendees. Daniel’s participation in DECA landed him first place in his public relations project in which he created a nationwide campaign for youth obesity where he partnered with YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs and Planet Fitness to start healthy eating and workouts for youth ages 8-14.
2016 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholars
This year's international winner is Ms. Khanh Pham, graduate student, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Pham Khanh earned her BA from the National University of Vietnam and began to work in the Vietnamese tourism industry. In the three years she worked for XO Tours it experienced rapid growth, expanding its staff from 30 to 80 and she was instrumental in its earning #1 ranking on Tripadvisor out of a field of 200 competitors. Her goal is to return to Vietnam to make a positive impact on tourism, helping it to become the top tourist destination in Southeast Asia.
This year’s North American winner is Christine Wilson, CTA, senior at Michigan State University, where she will earn a BA in Hospitality Business. She is Vice President of the PCMA student chapter. She became a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) for the Greater Lansing Area, Michigan, which opened her eyes to the area’s incredible potential and hidden treasures.
2015 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholars
Daniella Andrea Hoar
The 2015 North American winner is Daniella Andrea Hoar, senior at Florida State University, where she will earn a BS degree in Hospitality-Recreation, Tourism and Events with a minor in Portuguese. She has interned with Springtime Tallahassee as Jubilee Coordinator and with Visit Florida as an Industry Relations intern. She plans to work with a DMC in Florida after graduation, using her Portuguese to work with groups from Brazil.
Ms. Debora Mathis
The 2015 international winner is , graduate student, Events and Hospitality Management, George Washington University. Debora Mathis joined Global Brigades, a non-profit organization, as an undergraduate and successfully raised $40,000+ to build a water tank in Ghana. She traveled from Switzerland to get her graduate degree at GWU so that she can help non-profits raise funds for their important work.
2014 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholars
Ms. Chang Guan
Ms. Chang is a graduate student, Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Roosevelt University, Chicago IL. Chang Guan is originally from Beijing, China and plans to return to open up a DMC to support the Zhong Guan Cun National Information Technology Park Network (ZGC), a network of 16 IT industrial parks in Beijing where thousands of Chinese IT corporations locate.
Clare Luscinskas is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she will earn a BS degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in French Studies. After graduation, she intends to use both her hospitality and international experience to become a leader in the field.
2013 Linda Thompson Memorial Scholars
Amanda Johnson was a sophomore in University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) majoring in Hospitality Management. Being the first Linda Thompson Memorial Scholar has made a significant difference in many ways to my academic career. First, I identified an amazing role model in Linda, her innovation in the hospitality management industry, her devotion to the destination management industry, and her passion for continuing education and certifications. Second, in my UNLV Meeting and Convention Management class last spring, I was able to apply Linda’s professional standards and green initiatives to the class’s hands-on projects to write proposals for meeting space and plan events. Third, while working at the beautiful Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA this summer, I carried her drive for complete guest satisfaction. Furthermore, I have connected with a vital industry association in my Hospitality Management profession. Overall, Linda Thompson Memorial Scholar means much more than a monetary scholarship, it means integrity, recognition and dedication to the destination management and hospitality management industry.