HTMP NewsBites October 2018

FRLAEF Student of the Year

FRLAEF HTMP Student of the Year, Trinity Love Hoblit Scholarship

Congratulations to Melanny Concepion, the 2018 HTMP Student of the Year!  As the FRLAEF Student of the Year, Melanny recieved the $2,000 Trinity Love Hoblit Scholarship. While attending Osceola High School in Kissimmee, she earned a 3.5 GPA, while completing two years of industry experience at Magical Memories and SeaWorld Orlando.  At the same time she was taking dual enrollment classes at Valencia College, competing in hospitality competitions and writing a grant for the HTMP program at her high school. She even wrote a business and marketing plan for the HTMP program’s coffee cart business. Ms. Concepcion is currently attending Valencia College with plans to transfer to the Rosen School of Hospitality at UCF. She is also one of the first members of her family to attend college. 

16th Annual Florida HTMP Competition–OCTOBER DEADLINE!

The 16th Annual HTMP Competition will take place Sunday, March 3 through Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.  The FRLAEF will cover some costs of the competing teams, including hotel stay and meals.

PARTICIPATION To be eligible to compete, the school must 1) have purchased and be using the Year One and Year Two HTMP curriculum 2) complete a Fall HTMP Survey (link below) and 3) complete the competition application. Please do not submit an application unless you meet these requirements.

RULES  The score sheet for the case studies has been updated to take into consideration the needs of the customer along with the needs of the hotel.

CLICK HERE for the competition application.

CLICK HERE for the competition rules.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 12, 2018

APPLICANTS NOTIFIED STATUS: Friday, October 19, 2018

HTMP Curriculum & Fall Survey

The FRLAEF will distribute free HTMP curriculum to Florida HTMP schools during the 2018-2019 school year. In order to receive free HTMP curriculum, teachers should complete the Fall HTMP Survey. Once you have completed the survey, you may request up to $2,000 of free HTMP curriculum!

CLICK HERE to complete the online Fall HTMP Survey. It is due no later than Friday, August 29, 2018.

Marriott Info Request + Job Opportunities in Puerto Rico

Marriott is interested in connecting to more HTMP students and schools in Florida. If you are currently working with a Marriott, please let us know! We would like the property name and contact name to share with them.

Marriott is hiring all positions for St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico. This property is opening in November 2018. If you have former students who may be interested, please pass this information on to them.

CLICK HERE for the Management Positions flyer.

CLICK HERE for the Non-Management Positions flyer.

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 from the FRLAEF.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the HTMP curriculum during the 2018-2019 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 also 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.

Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all Pineapple Award (Teacher of the Year), Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awardees. Registration will begin in January 2019.

HTMP instructors will have the opportunity to recognize one student during the awards dinner with a Hospitality Excellence Award. These students will be called on stage during the awards dinner and recognized with a certificate.

All HTMP instructors may receive a complimentary ticket to the awards dinner. Hospitality Excellence Award students receive two complimentary tickets, one for them and one for a guest.


The FRLAEF will award $44,000 in scholarships during the 2018-2019 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in December 2018.

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

HTMP Summer Training

Would you be interested in a 2-3 day training during the summer? If so, take our survey to let us know!

CLICK HERE for a quick survey.