PGCC Student Awarded MTEF Tourism Scholarship

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

 Information courtesy of Roseanne Souza, Executive Director, Maryland Toursim and Education Foundation (MTEF).  

Annapolis, MD – The Maryland Tourism Education Foundation, Inc. (MTEF), originally established  in 2007 as a 501-C-3 corporation, is delighted to announce that Gayle Cox of Oxon Hill, MD is the winner of its $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Cox submitted the application and winning essay that put her ahead of the rest of the applicants.   Certified in Hospitality Services  Management,  she graduated from the Prince George’s Community College program in May 2014. 

As the first generation of her family to attend college, Gayle spoke of her belief in education…a belief that was strongly supported by her Mother.   She is going to pursue her AA degree at Prince George’s Community College in Hospitality Management, with the intent to transfer to the University of Maryland to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, followed by a Master’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in International Business. 

Ms. Cox has recently obtained employment with MGM Resorts National Harbor, as the Administrative Assistant to the Project Director, John Rooney.  A team leader in her church, she is particularly interested in the Philanthropic efforts of MGM Resorts International and its many benefactors. 

In Gayle's words:   “There is no greater feeling of accomplishment when you are working in your passion and in the field that makes you “tick” as a person.”

MTEF President, Deb Carter, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds, is excited about the new awardee, and her strong beliefs and goals.  “So often we hear bad news, negative reports from all around us on a daily basis.  To read through the essays we received was such a positive experience that confirms what a great industry we’re in.  To be able to make our customers happy, and make a living doing it – what could be better?” 

Ms. Cox was recognized at the recent MTEF Board meeting. She received her scholarship award from Stephen Kensinger, Senior Vice President of Old Line Bank, and Treasurer of MTEF. 


MTEF serves to build the capabilities of Maryland’s tourism workforce. Since 2008, MTEF has awarded nine (9) tourism education   scholarships.   MTEF  also  licenses  two  customer-service   training   programs:  Hospitality Maryland  Style, a college  credit course,  and Maryland  Smiles, a certification  non-credit  course.  Additionally, MTEF provides a monthly, one-day Taxi Host class for Taxi Drivers and BWI Shuttle Drivers at the Baltimore City Community College.   This popular class has certified over 200 drivers as Maryland Taxi Hosts in the last 12- month period.  For more information on scholarships or programs listed, please call 410.573.1300  or visit the website at 




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