American Bus Association Foundation Supporting Tony Orlando’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program (January 20, 2015)
When legendary entertainer Tony Orlando took the stage at the American Bus Association’s Marketplace in St. Louis, he helped deserving high school and college students. Mr. Orlando’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is now part of the ABA Foundation’s overall scholarship program.
ABAF President Peter Pantuso discussed the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship with Tony Orlando on Sunday, January 11, 2015, during the annual meeting and lunch at Marketplace.
Each Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is for $2,500. The program focuses on expanding the number of traditionally under-represented groups in management and operations of the motorcoach travel and tourism industry. The scholarship is also intended to pay tribute to those men and women that served in our armed forces, our wounded veterans and the families that support them at home.
Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Criteria
- The student must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
- They must be a college freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student or enrolled at a professional training school in the fall of the upcoming year.
- Have a declared major or course of study relevant to the travel and tourism industry.
- Have attained cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 Scale.
- Be a person with a physical or sensory disability or be a child of a wounded U.S. or Canadian military veteran; or a veteran of the U.S. or Canadian military.
“As a longtime supporter of the U.S. Military, I am honored to help those injured veterans or children of our men in women in uniform further their education. We need to encourage more people to develop successful careers in the motorcoach, travel, and tourism industry. The American Bus Association and the ABA Foundation have a huge membership base. Marketplace is a high-profile opportunity to spread the word about the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship to deserving military families and their children,” said Tony Orlando.
“The ABAF is very pleased to work once again with our friend and colleague Tony Orlando to promote his Yellow Ribbon Scholarship to college students interested in careers in the motorcoach, travel, and tourism industry. It is programs like the one created by Tony that will help provide these deserving students with additional tuition assistance to help pay for their education. Tony’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is another example of our industry trying to educate the next generation of leaders and give them the tools they need to be successful. For more than forty years, Tony has been a leader when it comes to supporting the military, military families and our industry,” said ABAF President Peter Pantuso.
For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship and other scholarships that are available through the American Bus Association Foundation to college-age students of parents in the motorcoach, travel, and tourism industry, go to www.buses.org/scholarships.