BHSU-RC student earns $1,000 tourism scholarship

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, June 9, 2015/Categories: 2015



   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           Black Hills State University student Kathy Martinson, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Rapid City, was the recipient of the $1,000 TourismCares 2015 International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN) Ronald A. Santana Scholarship. Martinson, who lives and works in Rapid City, takes classes at BHSU-Rapid City.

       

   



Black Hills State University-Rapid City student Kathy Martinson was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from TourismCares, recently.

Martinson, a business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Rapid City, received the TourismCares 2015 International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN) Ronald A. Santana Scholarship.

"I was elated," Martinson said. "It made me feel that the hard work I have put toward my studies was being rewarded."

TourismCares is a nonprofit organization that strives toward preserving and enhancing the travel experience for future generations. Their work includes providing grants to natural, cultural and historical sites worldwide, focusing on workforce development through student programs and organizing volunteer efforts to restore tourism-related sites in need of care and rejuvenation.

The organization provides academic scholarships, annually, to future leaders in the tourism industry, like Martinson.

Martinson enjoys working with people and has always been interested in the impact tourism has on visitors and a community, she said. Finding that BHSU had a degree in tourism and hospitality management offered an opportunity to advance her education and work toward a profession in the field.

BHSU has a thriving tourism program, offering students immediate hands-on projects in helping with the local, state and regional tourism programs.

"The tourism classes at BHSU have used real world experiences as learning tools to give the students a sense of what they will encounter after graduation," Martinson said.

Martinson noted she&rsquos gained experience through the work she and classmates completed, developing tourism plans for South Dakota communities and event proposals for local businesses.

Martinson, who lives and works in Rapid City, takes her classes at BHSU-Rapid City.

"This opportunity is great for Rapid City traditional and non-traditional students to be able to work, stay close to home and earn a degree at the same time," Martinson said.

In addition to her classes, Martinson is active in the local tourism sector, working at The Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City in visitor services, a position that she was offered after completing a successful internship with the center. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Creative Industries Committee, and in 2015, Martinson was inducted into the Beta Gama Sigma honor society with other fellow BHSU business students.

Once Martinson earns her degree at BHSU, she plans to work for a local tourism industry, such as a convention and visitor&rsquos bureau or a museum.
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