2015 ISPA scholarship winners

Anne-Liise Verpson (left) and Taylor Toreno (right) were presented with their certificates as co-recipients of the 2015 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship during the ISPA Conference & Expo. (Center: Jeff Kohl, former ISPA Foundation Chairman.) Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 14, 2016) – With the help of the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation and a wealth of donations, students interested in pursuing a spa management, leadership or entrepreneurship-related career will be able to achieve their dreams. Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship.
“The scholarship continues to uncover many bright and emerging leaders in the world of spa,” said Frank Pitsikalis, chairman of the ISPA Foundation.
The scholarship was created in 2006 and later named in honor of Mary Tabacchi, Ph.D., R.D., associate professor of hospitality facilities and operations at Cornell University. Tabacchi is a beloved spa industry veteran and pioneer in spa education.
“This award was created, 10 years ago, to encourage and inspire those joining the spa industry,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “We are pleased it continues to give back to our community and nurture future leaders.”
The scholarship will be awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s or master’s program. The recipient will receive $5,000 to offset education expenses; a complimentary registration, travel stipend and hotel accommodations to attend the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo; a one-year ISPA student membership; and a one-year mentor to help navigate his or her career aspirations.
The ISPA Foundation will present the award at the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, from September 13 – 15, 2016.
To learn more about eligibility requirements and access the scholarship application, visit experienceispa.com/about/ispa-foundation. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2016.

About the International SPA Association Foundation

The ISPA Foundation is the nonprofit 501(c)3 arm of ISPA and was created in 1999 to serve the educational and research needs of the spa industry.