HTMP NewBites November 2021

David Caples and Trinity Love Hoblit Scholarship Winner

The FRLAEF is excited to announce this year’s recipient of the David Caples and Trinity Love Hoblit Scholarship. The recipient is Emily Loomis who completed the Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) program at Forest Hill High School with instructor Diana Sardina. Part of her high school success included winning the HTM Competition in 2018. She completed her internship at The Breakers Palm Beach, in Palm Beach, FL, at Mary Lily’s, a gourmet ice cream and candy shop in the Retail Department.

Currently, Emily works on-call at The Breakers in the Retail Department as a Retail Floater, working in all retail stores and supporting all the retail team. Upon graduating from high school in May 2020, she enrolled at the University of North Florida, where she is in her second year pursuing a degree in Marketing. During high school, Emily had a 4.7460 GPA, while in college her GPA is a 3.97. At UNF, she is the Marketing Coordinator for The Swoopin’ Ospreys UNF Dance Team, a new member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and a part of both the Hicks Honors College and the Coggin College of Business. In addition, she enjoys giving back to her UNF community and the Jacksonville community by volunteering with the Jacksonville Humane Society and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind alongside her sorority. Emily plans to graduate from the University of North Florida in May 2024. She aspires to work in Event Management and would love to return to The Breakers upon graduating to build her career.

The scholarship amount is $2,000. Thank you to all who applied!

Florida HTMP Competition Teams Set

The 18th Annual HTMP Competition will take place Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3, 2022 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.  The FRLAEF will cover some costs of the competing teams, including hotel stay and some meals. Congratulations to the following HTMP Competition teams:

Cooper City High School

Freedom High School

Gainesville High School

Oak Ridge High School

Orange Technical College Mid Florida

Osceola High School

Robert Morgan Educational Center

Stoneman Douglas High School

Windermere High School

Mini Grants

The FRLAEF received over 150  Mini Grant applications.  The Board met in early October to determine the distribution of this year’s budget of $95,000.  A big thank you to Ecolab who provided $15,000 of this year’s Mini Grant funding!

GRANT AWARD NOTIFICATION: Laura Rumer emailed all Mini Grant applicants on October 7 and 8 to let you know your award. If you did not receive an email from Laura (, please let us know. All grant monies should be spent no later than November 19, 2021.



UCF Rosen Research Magazine

The UCF Rosen School of Hospitality, along with its partner, Research Features, has just issued its fourth installment of their magazine. The magazine is based on research that focuses on subjects that are impacting the hospitality and tourism industry. This issue includes an article about the founding dean of UCF Rosen School of Hospitality, Abraham Pizam, Ph.D.

Summer 2021 Issue

Winter 2020 Issue

Fall 2019 Issue

Spring 2019 Issue

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida HTMP instructors to work in a lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the HTMP curriculum during the 2021-2022 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

CLICK HERE to apply.


The FRLAEF will award $44,000 in scholarships during the 2021-2022 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in January.

All HTMP graduating seniors may apply for this one-time $2,000 scholarship.