CCT: Recipients of 2010 Tourism Industry Scholarships Announced


HARTFORD, Conn. (May 13, 2010) -- In celebration of National Tourism Week May 8-16, the Commission on Culture & Tourism announced that Taylor Barone of Ansonia and Paige Borda of Terryville have been awarded the 2010 Connecticut Tourism Industry Scholarships. The two Connecticut Tourism Industry Scholarships named for respected industry leaders: The Richard B. Combs Hospitality Scholarship Grant and the Walter Schoencknecht Travel and Tourism Scholarship Grant, award $1,000 each to Connecticut residents who are pursing degrees in hospitality, travel or tourism at an accredited college or university and demonstrate academic and personal achievements.

Governor M. Jodi Rell praised the students' efforts and interest in pursuing careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. Governor Rell commented, "The Connecticut Tourism Industry Scholarship program is an excellent example of a State and private sector partnership that insures a qualified work force for one of the State's important employment sectors."

Taylor Barone, a senior at Ansonia High School, will be graduating with a 3.950 grade point average. She plans to attend Johnson and Wales University to pursue her studies in sports and entertainment event management. She is the recipient of several academic awards, including National Honor Society, NationalSpanish Honor Society, CAPT Scholar, NVL Softball All Academic Team 2007-2008 and Certified of Merit Spanish One. She is also involved in numerous school activities and leadership rolls.

Paige Borda, a senior at Terryville High School, will be graduating with a 3.89 grade point average. She plans to attend Endicott College where she will pursue a degree in hospitality management with a concentration in event management. She has served in several extracurricular organizations, including Leo Club Officer, Class Treasurer, United Way Youth Board Officer, Student Council Member, and Peer Mentor program.

About the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism brings together arts, history, historic preservation and tourism. Its mission is to preserve and promote Connecticut's cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state. The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism's offices and gallery, are located at One Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut. The Commission's art gallery is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The space features changing exhibits that directly relate to the Commission's programs. For more information, log on to

Karen Senich, Executive Director, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, 860.256.2727
Randy Fiveash, Director of Tourism, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, 860.256.2769