Joshua Thurmes, a business administration-tourism major from Deadwood, was recently awarded a scholarship from the Tourism Cares, the travel and tourism industry's leading non-profit organization.
Black Hills State University tourism student Joshua Thurmes has been awarded one of 55 academic scholarships presented to students nationwide by Tourism Cares, the travel and tourism industry’s leading non-profit organization.

Thurmes, business administration – tourism major from Deadwood, was awarded $1,000 and invited to attend the Tourism Cares Mentoring Program at the annual National Tour Association/United Motorcoach Association Travel Exchange in Los Angeles next year.

“I am so honored to receive a scholarship through the Tourism Cares program,” said Thurmes, the only South Dakota student awarded a scholarship. “I’ve always wanted to work in an industry that changes often and keeps me on my toes.” He added that he finds casinos fascinating and hopes to one day hold an upper management position as at a resort-style casino.

The Tourism Cares scholarship program annually awards 55 academic scholarships to students pursuing   undergraduate and graduate level travel, tourism and hospitality degrees at accredited colleges and universities.

“Tourism Cares is dedicated to building a strong workforce for the travel, tourism and hospitality industries,” according to Bruce Beckham, executive director of Tourism Cares.” I congratulate the 55 academic scholarship recipients being awarded this year and feel confident our school programs will help cultivate their potential as future leaders in the industry.”

Tourism Cares, Inc. is a public charity that benefits society by preserving the travel experience for future generations by awarding grants to natural, cultural and historic sites worldwide; by focusing on workforce development through student programs which provide support from classroom to career; and by organizing volunteer efforts to restore tourism-related sites in need of care and rejuvenation.