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FY22 | 4th Quarter Update

Welcome to the September 2022

TSLF Newsletter

TSLF continues to make a difference in the community through the mission of the TLSF through collaborating with community and industry partners on multiple events, programs, workforce initiatives, and community activities. 

In this newsletter you'll find information about:

  • TSLF Hosts Center for Transforming Lives Program Participants at Texas Rangers Game 
  • AISD Students Kick Off School Year with Support From TSLF
  • THLA's Hotel Summer Camp Gives High School Students Special Introduction to Careers in Hotel Industry
  • TSLF Increases Scholarship Opportunities for TCC Hospitality Students
  • New Video Series: Take 5 for TSLF!  
  • Relationships Take Flight at Dallas Wings Women's Basketball Game
  • Volunteers Needed to Mentor Students

We appreciate your continued support of the TSLF and its mission to transform lives through tourism opportunities.

Save the Date for North Texas Giving Day

September 22, 2022  

Score! TSLF Hosts Center for Transforming Lives Program Participants at Texas Rangers Game 

This summer TSLF hosted the Center for Transforming Lives program participants and staff for a Texas Rangers baseball game at Globe Life Field, sponsored by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, Texas Live!, and the TSLF. 

TSLF provides scholarships, mentoring, and internship placement assistance for adult students interested in careers in Travel and Tourism and Sports Management. We’re proud to partner with and serve as a resource to industry and community-based organizations that support travel and tourism and sports management jobs and careers in Tarrant County.  

AISD Students Kick Off School Year with Support from TSLF

Along with multiple community organizations, the TSLF participated in the Arlington ISD Back to School Kickoff on August 6 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. With nearly 8,000 people in attendance, the event provided services, information, and resources for students including backpacks, haircuts, and school supplies for the upcoming school year.

While at the event, several TSLF board members met with many parents and students, sharing information about the foundation and the many career opportunities in Travel and Tourism and Sports Management.  

TSLF provides several programs for Arlington ISD students including hotel internships, field trips to local tourism venues, and college tours.

THLA's Hotel Summer Camp Gives High School Students Special Introduction into Careers in Hotel Industry

The Texas Hotel and Lodging Association hosted three High School Hotel Summer Camps in Dallas and Houston in June. The camps provided over 150 students, including students from Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Center and Dr. R.W. Goines Stem Academy, with an opportunity to experience the hotel industry as both the front-of-the-house as well as guests and the back-of-the-house as potential future staff members. Students and teachers attended camps at the Westin Galleria Dallas or the Hilton University of Houston.

The camp instructors introduced students to exciting careers in the hotel industry and conducted campus tours of colleges that offer hotel training programs at the University of Houston and the University of North Texas (for south and north Texas area students, respectively.)  Both universities also offered tours for students. In addition to learning about the hotel industry, students attended sessions on Business Dinner Etiquette, SMART Goal Setting, How to Present Yourself in a Digital World, and Job Search Strategies. They also earned a Texas Friendly Hospitality Ambassador Customer Service Certification.

Each of the camps culminated with a college and career fair that provided students with the opportunity to practice the skills acquired during the camp. The students also learned about hotel colleges and hotel employers, and they were even able to secure summer employment.  

TSLF Increases Scholarship Opportunities for TCC Hospitality Students

To assist more students with tuition costs, TSLF now offers scholarships to TCC Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts Program students enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours for the Associate of Applied Science Degree program and several certification programs. The new requirement structure was created to reduce barriers that many adult students with familial obligations face when working full-time as they are unable to take a full course load or more than two 3-hour courses. 

Students enrolled in the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Certificate Programs can apply for TSLF scholarship funding based on the following credit hour structure.  

  • 9 to 12 credit hours - $750 per semester 
  • 6 to 8 credit hours - $500 per semester 

TSLF offers six general scholarships to students enrolled in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts programs and the Francis Kobty Hospitality Scholarship to one Culinary Arts Program student.

TCC Students who enroll in six credit hours can apply for one of the six general scholarships. Students interested in applying for the Francis Kobty Hospitality Scholarship must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours. All scholarship recipients must meet all eligibility guidelines. 


Take 5 for TSLF!  

TSLF is launching a new video program – Take 5 for TSLF! The five-minute video segments feature successful professionals who work in hospitality, sports, and entertainment organizations in Arlington who have risen through the ranks in their respective organizations and can speak to the opportunities available in their organizations.  

Debuting this month, our first segments in the series feature Ray Casas from Texas Rangers and Willa Garcia from the Crowne Plaza Suites Arlington. Other professionals in the videos include graduates from Arlington ISD, TCC, and UT Arlington. We plan to release additional videos in the December TSLF newsletter. 

The videos will also be posted on TSLF’s social media channels (LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube) and the TSLF website.

Reynaldo Casas

Director, Community Impact

Texas Rangers

Wildaris Garcia-Martin

Director of Sales and Marketing 

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Relationships Take Flight at Dallas Wings Women's Basketball Game

TSLF hosted a group of community stakeholders at a Dallas Wings game recently at the College Park Center.

The event was sponsored by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.  

Save the Date: North Texas Giving Day

The Giving Season is Almost Here! Remember to support nonprofit organizations during North Texas Giving Day, September 22, 2022. If you can't wait to give, Early Giving is the perfect time to start giving for those who can't wait to give on September 22. Early Giving is available for those who would like to choose that option.

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Volunteers Needed to Mentor Students 

TSLF is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to college students enrolled in TSLF mentoring programs and to speak to high school students about career opportunities in Travel and Tourism and Sports Management. 

To volunteer to serve as a mentor, contact TaShunda Scott at

To join the speakers bureau, contact Mary German at

Support Today Provides a Future for Tomorrow's Tourism Leaders

Show your support for the Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation as the charity of your choice each time you purchase items through Amazon. Sign up at and select "Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation" to start generating donations, at no cost to you.

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to the TSLF. Your support helps to provide tourism job training, scholarships, and internships for underserved youth and adults in our community.

Donate to TSLF

The TSLF Board of Directors and its committee members are comprised of community and tourism industry leaders who support the foundation through volunteerism and sponsorship. To volunteer for a TSLF committee and/or program, contact Mary German at 

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