Governor's Tourism Conference Student Scholarship

The Governor's Tourism Conference Student Scholarship helps college and university students attend the Governor's Tourism Conference for the first time. Students interested in travel and tourism will learn about the industry, develop their skills, and network with industry professionals.

The scholarship includes conference registration and up to $50 in reimbursements for mileage. All other expenses are the student’s responsibility.

The annual silent auction during the conference supports this scholarship.


Type: Scholarship

For: College and university students

Amount: Up to $350 per student

Application period: Every September

OEDIT division: Colorado Tourism Office

To apply for this scholarship, you need to be:

  • a student currently enrolled full-time at a Colorado college or university
  • interested in travel and tourism

 Applications are not currently being accepted. Please sign up for the Colorado Tourism Office email updates to stay updated on when this application will open.

Applications open and close every July. You will need to submit an online application. We will notify you about scholarship status within a week after the application closes.

Write an essay (500 words maximum) to answer at least one of these questions:

  • Why do you want to attend the Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference?
  • Why do you believe Colorado is a special tourist destination?
  • Why are you interested in the tourism and/or hospitality industry?
  • What do you think are the industry’s next big trends?
  • What are your future plans in the tourism and/or hospitality industry?
  • How can you incorporate your passions and interests, or perhaps your major of study, to the Colorado tourism industry?

You will also need to submit a letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or professional reference.

Colorado Tourism Office staff reviews applications and recommends awards based on application criteria and available funds. 

The panel reviews applications on these criteria:

  • dedication and passion for Colorado tourism
  • knowledgeable in tourism and/or related subject areas
  • essay is clear, creative and concise and uses correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation

We will register you for the conference. The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) will reimburse mileage expenses after you:

  • attend the conference
  • submit expense receipts

Reimbursement Request Form (XLS)   

Scholarship recipients need to conduct themselves in a professional manner and need to attend all conference activities, events, and sessions. Recipients need to follow the policies of their educational institutions related to alcohol, drugs, and weapons.

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