The Voice of the PEI Tourism Industry

In the 1980s, TIAPEI made the decision to co-sponsor a scholarship program for Island students who were planning a career in the tourism field. Funds from Industry members established this fund and each year applications have been received, reviewed and scholarships awarded. Applicants must be enrolled full time in a recognized college or university tourism/hospitality program, have previously work experience in the tourism industry and have an average of 75% or higher in their last year of school. Scholarships can be renewed for a second year, provided criteria are met by the applicants. Scholarship recipients must attempt to find employment in PEI in the hospitality industry for a period of two years following graduation.

The tourism/hospitality industry scholarship of $1000.00 is available to residents of Prince Edward Island enrolled at an educational institute on or off Island. This scholarship is financed by members of the Tourism Industry Association of PEI.

The objective of the tourism/hospitality industry scholarship is to attract additional professional workers to Prince Edward Island's tourism industry.

To Qualify:

  • Full time enrollment in a recognized tourism hospitality program at a college or university.
  • Previous work experience in the tourism industry.
  • Applicants must have an average of 75% in their last year of school. .
  • Each student must attempt to find employment in P.E.I. in the hospitality industry for a period of two years following graduation.

Applications can be picked up at the TIAPEI office or downloaded by clicking the link below. 

TIAPEI Hospitality Scholarship Application form (pdf)

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. July 7, 2017.

Some of the past recipients include: 

            2015/2016    Laura MacEwan (Holland College)- $1000
                                   Meaghan Arsenault (Holland College)- $1000           

            2014/2015    Laura MacEwen ( Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1000

            2013/2014    Bailey MacArthur (UPEI) - $1000
                                      Elizabeth Jorgensen (UPEI) - $1000

2012/2013    Alex Deagle (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1,000
                       Bailey MacArthur (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1,000

             2011/2012    Casey Ford (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1,000
                                    Ryan Gallant (Royal Roads University) - $1,000

            2010/2011    Keith Lawlor (UPEI) - $500
                                    Casey Ford (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $500
                                    Danielle Stewart (Mount St. Vincent) - $1,000

            2009/2010    April Ennis (UPEI) - $1,000
                                    Amanda Annond (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1,000
                                    Danielle Stewart (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1,000

            2008/2009     Robyn Harvey (UPEI) - $1,000
                                    Amanda Annond (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1,000

            2007/2008    Robyn Harvey (UPEI) - $1,000           
                                    Beth Doyle (UPEI) - $1,000

            2006/2007     Beth Doyle (UPEI) - $1,000
                                    Alicia Arenburg (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1,000
            2005/2006     Melissa Buchanan (Mount St. Vincent) - $1,000

                                     Katie Calabia (UNB - St. John) - $1,000

            2004/2005     Tyler Ross (Tourism & Culinary Centre) - $1,000
                                     Melissa Buchanan (Mount St. Vincent) - $1,000           

            2003/2004     Penny Walsh (UPEI) - $1,000
                                     Lacey Cobb (ATHI) - $1,000 

            2002/2003     Penny Walsh (ATHI) - $1,000
                                   Lacey Cobb (ATHI) - $500
                                   Joanne Trenholme - Aliant Sponsorship $500
                                    Julie Mann - Cooke Insurance Sponsorship $500 

            2001/2002     Ellen Townshend (Mount St. Vincent) - $1,000
                                     Beth Doyle (ATHI) - $1,000
                                     Kirsten MacCallum (ATHI) - Cooke Insurance Sponsorship $500
                                     Amber MacKinnon (ATHI) - Island Tel Sponsorship $500

Encouraging young people to consider a career in tourism is vital to the growth of our industry and maintaining the scholarship fund is a constant challenge. Industry donations have declined in past years and TIAPEI is encouraging its members to contribute to the fund. During the Annual General Meeting in November 2006, Linda Lowther spoke of the importance of the scholarship fund and the need to increase donations. She made a pledge that day on behalf of her business and challenged other members to match her contribution.

Donations can be made by cheque or credit card and can be made at any time during the year. Our young people are the future of our industry. Please keep this scholarship fund growing and make your donation today!
For further information contact the TIAPEI office at 902-566-5008 or email us at