Olivia Travel announced its Scholartrip program at the Aqua Foundation for Women Emerging Leaders Conference in University Park, Florida. Olivia Travel is the leading provider of cruise, resort, adventure and luxury vacations for the lesbian community and the only travel company that charters entire ships and resorts exclusively for its clientele.
The Scholartrip program is designed to inspire, motivate, and empower the next generation of LBTQ leaders. The mission of the Aqua Foundation for Women is to serve and support the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives. The Foundation’s awards grants to local organizations addressing LBT interests, including equality, wellness, leadership, transgender issues and homelessness as it relates to LGBTQ youth. The Foundation is also dedicated to supporting secondary education, mentoring programs, cultural enrichment, leadership growth, community service, and civic interests. (Visit AFW online at www.aquafoundation.org)
Olivia’s Scholartrip program is open to students attending a U.S.-based four-year college or university. To qualify, they must identify as LBTQ and show an interest in and/or knowledge of the LBTQ community today. To apply go to www.olivia.com/scholartrip
Applicants will be asked to write a 750-word essay on defining the challenges and opportunities for a business or organization serving today’s lesbian community. The winning student will travel aboard Olivia’s Majestic Alaska Cruise in June 2017 and will benefit from mentorship opportunities as well as support for the publication of a relevant article in Curve, the nation’s best-selling lesbian magazine.
The application process will be open September 10th through November 20th, 2017. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, based on the quality of their essays and will be announced the first week of January 2017.
Judy Dlugacz, Founder and President of Olivia, long recognized as an advocate and builder of the LGBTQ community, has received many honors and recognitions for her work throughout the years. She states, “We’re thrilled to offer this hands-on learning experience with luminaries who’ve made a difference in our community and look forward to the valuable insights and contributions of tomorrow’s leaders.“
“I am very excited to partner with Olivia on this outstanding opportunity that can help bring the lesbian community together through this leadership opportunity,” says Silke Bader, Curve publisher, a lesbian business owner and leader for 25 years.
Editor- in- Chief Merryn Johns says she enthusiastically anticipates judging the entries, “It’s very important to hear from our newest leading lesbian voices so that we can enrich our community and steer it forward in these rapidly changing times.“
Since 1990, Olivia Travel has welcomed over a quarter of a million guests on specially planned getaways. While Olivia was originally established as a lesbian travel company for self-identified women, over the years they’ve seen a great diversity in the ways guests experience and express their sexual and gender identity, always feeling free to be themselves on their trips. If you like being around like-minded individuals, and enjoy and respect being in a space for self-identified women and lesbians, you’re welcome to join Olivia on any trip. Visit www.olivia.com for more information.
Curve is America’s best-selling magazine for lesbians, bisexual and queer women. With six issues per year in hard copy, an interactive edition for tablets, and a thriving website and social media presence, Curve spotlights all that is fresh, funny, exciting, controversial and cutting edge in our community. The magazine brings you the latest in lesbian-related celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues and entertainment but it also tackles the hot topics, like the mainstreaming of lesbian identity, quality of life for older lesbians, the gender-queer and gender neutral revolution, the loss of lesbian spaces and events, lesbian health issues such as breast cancer, and the challenges facing queer youth. Plus, Curve profiles women who are making a difference, whether they’re famous like Ellen DeGeneres or “ordinary” women doing extraordinary things, every day, all across the country. Curve is a lesbian space that welcomes all. Read the latest issue at www.curvemag.com