Building Bridges Scholarship

The IGLTA Foundation is offering five scholarships to attend the 31st Annual Global Convention for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association in Madrid. Meet like-minded people working in the field of LGBT travel and tourism, network with businesses and make new friends.

This year’s program will provide all-expense paid trips to Madrid for three hospitality/tourism students, one individual representing a small business, and one individual representing a destination or event. Scholarships include the cost of visas, flights, hotel, per diem and conference attendance.

This year’s Building Bridges Scholarship participants will:

  • Take part in an orientation and mentoring program on May 7, 2014
  • Attend the 31st Annual IGLTA Convention May 8-10
  • Spend Sunday, May 11, taking in the sights of Madrid
  • Complete a series of video diaries, which will be shared on

Applications are due by March 25, 2014.


For scholarship eligibility, applicants must identify as one of the following:

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines is a generous supporter of the Building Bridges Scholarship.

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in a hospitality or travel related educational program, with an interest in hotel/restaurant management, tour operation, air travel management, etc.
  • Owner/employee of a small business in the LGBT travel/tourism sector who is in the process of starting sustainability or community engagement initiatives.
  • Representative of a destination or event dedicated to developing a LGBT following.

Additional requirements

  • Must be able to speak and write in English
  • 18 years or older
  • Eligible for travel to Spain. Please refer to (Practical Information/Travel Tips) or
    your local Spanish Embassy for visitor visa guidelines.
  • Available to arrive in Madrid on May 6, 2014, and to stay through May 11, 2014.

Application Instructions

  • Submit a no more than four minute video on “How LGBT travel can build bridges with communities worldwide”
  • Include a CV/Resume
  • Students are required to provide contact information for an academic reference
  • Submit this information through our online application system before March 25, 2014.
  • No events
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