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Student Travel & Professional Development Fund

The Joe Cortina HEEM Student Travel and Professional Development Fund

The fund was established in honor of Dr. Joe Cortina, Richland Reading Professor who is a long-time supporter of the HEEM program. Students enrolled in the Hospitality, Exhibitions and Event Management Program may apply for up to $200 each year to support the following:

  • Student membership fees to industry organizations
  • Registration fees for conferences and seminars
  • Transportation expenses to conferences and seminars
  • Admission fees for expositions, conventions, and events
  • Expenses related to familiarization trips

The goal of the fund is to encourage students enrolled in the HEEM Program to supplement their classroom experiences by participating in professional organizations, conferences, and other industry-related events. This fund may NOT be used for:

  • Payment of tuition
  • Purchase of textbooks or other instructional materials
  • Class field trips
  • Awards (trophies or plaques)
  • Gifts (prizes or graduation-related expenses)
  • Administrative costs (duplicating, office supplies)

Application Instructions and Requirements

This Fund is available only to RLC HEEM students. Applications may be submitted throughout the year.

  1. Submit completed application to either the School of Business, Bonham Hall, B-101 or to HEEM Program Coordinator, M.T. Hickman, Wichita Hall, WH-230.
  2. Applications to attend conferences, seminars, expositions, conventions and familiarization trips must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. 
  3. Applications for student memberships to industry organizations must be submitted and approved prior to full participation at organization meetings or events.
  4. This fund is available only to HEEM Students.
  5. Multiple applications may be submitted.

Application Form