Scholarship Auctions

2019 Scholarship Auction at the New York State Tourism Conference

The Annual Tourism Scholarship Auction, sponsored by Destinations of New York State (DONYS) in partnership with the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA), funds the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary College Scholarship Fund for NYS-based students who will one day become our industry leaders. This year, the scholarship fund will award five $2,000 scholarships to tourism, hospitality, or culinary students in NYS colleges and universities.

Our scholarship committee is gathering amazing Travel Packages, NYS Craft Beverage Baskets, and other wonderful items for the auction. Last year the combined value was over $29,000 with 35 silent auction items and 29 live auction items from every region of New York State. We truly have a wonderful and generous group of tourism professionals in NYS- Thank You!

Auction details:

  • Wednesday, April 24, Noon:
    • Silent auction opens for bids. Clipboards with bidding sheets will be on tables in the pre-function area (exhibitor networking area). Check back in and keep bidding through Thursday, April 25, at 6:00 pm.
  • Thursday, April 25, 6:00 pm:
    • Silent auction closes for bids.
      • Winning bids will be posted during the "Taste of Buffalo" dinner before the live auction kicks off.
  • Thursday, April 25, 7:30 pm:
    • Live auction begins at the "Taste of Buffalo" Dinner
  • Winning Bidders can pick up their packages/prizes on site, with payment - located within the ballroom.
    • Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Receipts available.

The attached PDF showcases the fabulous supporters of last years Scholarship Auction. We are humbled and honored by their generosity. Take a look at the generous 2018 scholarship donors!

Take a look at the generous 2018 Scholarship Donors!