Scholarship Donations

How you can help.

For 29 consecutive years, Destinations of New York State, on behalf of the New York State tourism industry, coordinated the Annual New York State Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary Scholarship Fundraiser.

Now in its 4th year, NYSTIA honors Destinations of New York State leaders Charlie Daley and Dave Thornton for their service to this important program by continuing to carry out their work and renaming the scholarship the Destinations of New York State Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary College Scholarship Fund.

We are requesting donations from New York State tourism accommodation, attraction, dining & entertainment suppliers to be used to raise dollars for the 2019 Destinations of New York State Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary College Scholarship Fund. What types of donations are we seeking?
  • Typically the top dollar getters are certificates for one- or two-night stays with meals and/or attractions and entertainment. We will package them together as getaway packages. (Please list any restrictions on the certificate and please use an expiration date to include all of the 2019 season, ideally as late as MAY 2020. Also, please forward to us TWO business cards, one brochure for each inclusion, and the dollar value of the package).
  • Other options to consider giving: Gift baskets featuring items from your vacation region like wine, beer, food (always great if packaged with an overnight or dining certificate!); travel vouchers for cruise, rail or air transportation.

The packages donated will be auctioned off in cooperation with the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) Empire State Tourism Conference, April 24-26, 2019, in Buffalo, NY. We are awarding five $2,000 scholarships this year to New York State college students pursuing an education that will eventually lead them to a career in the travel, tourism, hospitality & culinary industry. We work with a cross-section of New York State Travel Industry colleagues as a selection committee to choose the recipients of the scholarships. Please see the attached donation form. Thank you very much in advance for your support! Any questions, please contact committee chair, Kelly Rapone at 585-344-4152.

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).
  • Thursday, April 25, 6:30 pm: Silent auction closes for bids.
  • Thursday, April 25, 8:00pm: Live auction begins at "Taste of Buffalo" dinner. Even if you didn't join us for dinner, stop by and join in the auction fun!
  • Packages will be available for pick-up on site, with payment. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Receipts available.