HTMP NewsBites March 2022


The 18th Annual HTMP Competition took place March 2-3 in Orlando at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Over thirty students from around the state competed for the top prize.


1st Place – Robert Morgan Educational Center

Instructor:         Alina Hughes

Students:          Sophia Thach, Julie Erreguin, Niyah Reese, Giselle Abreu-Arcady

2nd Place – Forest Hill High School

Instructor:           Diana Sardina

Students:          Lisbeth Alonso, Juliana Angulo, Jordan Chavez, Anthony Salazar

3rd Place – Cooper City High School

Instructor:         Vicky Gambino Edgcomb

Students:          Ashley Parrish, Adriana Correa, Mia Fraino


1st Place – Cooper City High School

2nd Place – Robert Morgan Educational Center

3rd Place – Windermere High School

Instructor:           Heather Kelly

Students:          Eugenia Marcano, Kayla West, Keegan McBride, Marie Delgado Gomez


1st Place – Forest Hill High School

2nd Place – Robert Morgan Education Center

3rd Place – Cooper City High School


1st Place – Stoneman Douglas High School

Instructor:         Mitchell Albert

Students:          Morgan Fink, Alexis Presno, Geetanjali Srivastava, Samantha Ofstein

2nd Place – Oak Ridge High School

Instructor:         Vanessa Zameza

Students:          Dahlia  Wallace, Adrian Borges, Liliana Valdes, Yandiel Martinez

3rd Place – Forest Hill High School



FRLAEF Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following FRLAEF Scholarship winners from HTMP classrooms. Scholarships were awarded to all students who completed the application and returned a transcript to us. Each student will receive $2,000 towards the school of their choice as long as they are pursuing a hospitality degree.

Cheyenne Ammons Bay High School
Itala Casanova Ollarvez Osceola High School
Joeshua Colon East River High School
madison LeGrande Gainesville High School
Sef Matarasso Monarch High School
Erika Paez Osceola High School
Kayla West Windermere High School

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.

CAPE Funding

As you know, the HTMP Certification was removed from DOE’s CAPE funding list at the end of last school year.  The HTMP Certification was revised with the new edition of HTMP and meets the updated requirements to be included on the CAPE List.  Our intention was to submit the updated HTMP Certification for the CAPE list when the application was available at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.  However, due to several factors DOE has not released the new CAPE application.  If the CAPE application is released, we will apply for the updated HTMP Certification to be included.

ServSafe remains on DOE’s CAPE funding list.  Historically,  instructors favor the ServSafe exam due to the fact it does not have a work experience component.  For now, continue using the ServSafe certification as your CAPE industry certification.  As soon as another certification is available, we will let you know.

NRAEF Scholarship Closes Next Week

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) Scholarship application opens on January 15. Scholarships range between $2,500–$10,000.

Undergraduate Scholarship Timeline

  • January 15: Scholarship Application Opens
  • March 15: Application Closes
  • April – May: Scholarship Application Review
  • June: Scholarship Award Notifications
  • July – August: Scholarship Claiming and Payments
  • August 15: Deadline to Claim Scholarship

Scholarships are available for your hospitality students, so please encourage them to apply. The scholarship deadline is March 15. CLICK HERE for the scholarship page and more information.