ISPA logo smallAre you a student enrolled full time in a bachelor’s or master’s program who has considered becoming a spa professional? If so, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation.

The 2014 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship is intended to foster the development of future spa industry leaders.

The recipient will receive $5,000 to offset his or her education expenses; a complimentary registration, travel stipend and hotel accommodations to attend the 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo; a one-year ISPA student membership and will be assigned a one-year mentor to help navigate their career aspirations.

The scholarship was created in 2006 and named in honor of Mary Tabacchi, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor, Hospitality Facilities and Operations at Cornell University. Dr. Tabacchi is a beloved spa industry veteran and pioneer in spa education.

“This is one of the best awards that ISPA gives, as it is a promise for the future of the spa industry,” said Tabacchi. “The more we put into the future through eager, young, hardworking students, the greater the chance that our industry will remain healthy through growth and innovation.”

To learn more about eligibility requirements and to access the scholarship application, visit The deadline to apply is April 30.