Jessica Barnett’s interest in the spa industry began when she started working at the Esterra Spa and Salon at the Resort Marina Village in Cape Coral, Florida. Now she has developed a special interest in the wellness and beauty aspects of the industry.

Barnett is enrolled in the Florida Gulf Coast University resort hospitality management program, and The International Spa Association (ISPA) has awarded her the 2011 Dr. Mary Tabacchi Scholarship.

Barnett’s ultimate goal is to open a destination spa on the southwest coast of Florida.

“It’s fantastic that we are able to honor another student with the fourth annual Dr. Mary Tabacchi Scholarship,” said ISPA Foundation President Jeff Kohl. “Jessica is an exemplary example of students enrolled in spa and hospitality management programs around the world …We are looking forward to mentoring her in her future spa endeavors.”

As the scholarship recipient, Barnett will receive $2,500 toward her education, as well as a trip to the 2011 ISPA Conference & Expo, Nov. 7-9 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The scholarship is named in honor of industry pioneer and Cornell University Associate, Professor Mary H. Tabacchi, Ph.D., R.D. The Dr. Mary Tabacchi Scholarship was created by the ISPA Foundation to provide a permanent resource for the growth and sustainability of the spa industry.

For more information, visit the ISPA Foundation Web site.

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