The IAAPA Foundation, dedicated to inspiring careers in the global attractions industry by cultivating leaders, has announced it has granted scholarship funding for two international students to attend Breda University of Applied Science in the Netherlands.

The decision to fund the students during the 2021 – 2022 and 2022 – 2023 academic years was made by the IAAPA Foundation board of directors.

Tom Wages, executive director of the IAAPA Foundation, commented on the funding: “This funding is an expression of the support that the IAAPA Foundation Board Members have for the attractions management degree program that Breda University offers, and for Breda’s demonstrated commitment to the attractions industry. The IAAPA Foundation is very pleased to play a role in Breda’s efforts to support the attractions industry,” said Wages.

Breda University is renowned around the world of leisure and management. The university specialises in preparing students for international careers in different industries, including the attractions sector.

Jim Seay, chairman of the IAAPA Foundation and president of Premier Rides commented on the collaboration between the Foundation and Breda University: “The IAAPA Foundation has had a great relationship with Breda University for a good number of years.  Their students have an amazing amount of passion for the global attractions industry, and they literally light up the room when they participate in IAAPA Expo educational sessions and the Young Professionals Forums.

“Their enthusiasm is great for the industry, and it is wonderful that the IAAPA Foundation is continuing to support the students’ aspirations to be a part of our great business,” Seay added.