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OdySea Aquarium Foundation Offers Scholarship and Internship Opportunities to Scottsdale Community College Students

Scottsdale Community College is pleased to announce the inaugural OdySea Aquarium Foundation Scholarship Program that will provide two $1,500 scholarships, as well as internship opportunities for qualified students in the college’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program.

SCC’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program offers associate degrees and certificates in the areas of hotel and restaurant management, golf management, spa and wellness center management, tourism development, and meeting and event management.

Students who wish to apply for the scholarships must be dedicated to completing an associate degree or certificate in hospitality, maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA, and complete the formal application which includes an essay. Internship opportunities require the student to also be dedicated to the completion of a degree or certificate, having completed 12 credit hours in the hospitality curriculum.

OdySea Aquarium Foundation’s Interim Executive Director, and General Manager of OdySea Aquarium, Greg Charbeneau, has participated on SCC’s Hospitality Advisory Board for the last two years and addressed students at their spring conference in 2017. This new partnership will remove the financial stress for two qualified students and provide valuable on-the-job learning experiences for many others.

“The OdySea Aquarium Foundation is privileged to support the educational dreams of students enrolled in Scottsdale Community College’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program,” said Charbeneau.  “Providing educational and real-work experiences to the students right in OdySea Aquarium’s backyard is not only an honor, but a real investment in the future of tourism in Scottsdale. We are eager to see the bold paths paved by these deserving college students.”

“We are thankful for our partnership with the OdySea Aquarium and appreciate the support of our students completing their educational goals in the field of hospitality and tourism venue management,” says Janelle Hoffman, SCC’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program Director. “Many SCC students work while attending classes and the financial investment can be a challenge as many support themselves and their families while pursuing their educational and career goals.”

Scholarship applications will be accepted this coming fall and applied for the following spring semester.  Students can also apply this fall for OdySea Aquarium internship opportunities that will take place in spring or summer 2020 in the areas of tourism venue management, and meeting and event management.

For more information, contact Hoffman at or 480-226-4340. Additional information can be found online at Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management page.

About OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium, located in Scottsdale, was recently voted Best Kids Indoor Attraction.  This multi-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and is the largest aquarium in Arizona. OdySea Aquarium offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life. OdySea Aquarium features more than 65 exhibits, 370 species, the world’s only Russian Sturgeon touch exhibit as well as two stingray touch exhibits and a tide touch pool! OdySea is also home to Voyager, a stadium-seating style theatre with 46 ft. viewing windows for the “world’s only revolving aquarium experience.”  Additional interactive activities include SeaTREK® underwater walking adventure, a charismatic “Penguin Encounter,” “Shark Behind the Scenes” tours, walk-about “Animal Ambassadors,” and Question & Answer sessions with OdySea Aquarium’s Animal Care Specialists. OdySea Aquarium is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, AZ 85256, in the OdySea in the Desert entertainment destination. OdySea Aquarium is open 365 days a year beginning at 9 a.m. Closing time varies. Check the website for up-to-date information. Admission tickets are available online and at the onsite box office. For more information about OdySea Aquarium, call 480-291-8000 or visit the OdySea Aquarium website.

About Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is student centered with a focus on active, engaged and intellectually rigorous learning. The College is known for high quality, accessible educational opportunities and innovative teaching, learning and support services. SCC serves about 10,000 students a year, offering more than 100 degrees and 60 certificates of completion in diverse occupational areas. At only $85 per credit hour, SCC is one of the most affordable colleges in Maricopa County, and the average class size is only 16 students. Through a partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, SCC is honored to be the only two-year public higher education institution located on Native American land. For more information, phone 480-423-6700 or visit the SCC home page.

Scottsdale Community College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. SCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District.

The Maricopa Community Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, view the Maricopa Non-Discrimination Statements page.

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