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The Adventure Angels 3rd “Abundance Scholarship” for a Woman-Owned Adventure Business from an Emerging Destination

May 14, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                

 For the third consecutive year, the Adventure Angels, in partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, are offering our “Abundance” scholarship to support a woman-owned business owner from an emerging destination. The scholarship enables the business owner to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit, the ATTA’s annual B2B professional development and networking event.

The Adventure Angels are a group of 10 women who met and bonded at ATTA professional events.  We are a fun and adventurous group of women who are passionate travel professionals and entrepreneurs. The Adventure Angels include female travel agents, tour operators, media and consultants. We aim to cultivate meaningful relationships and mindful connections. Our mission is: “Leap. Discover. Inspire.”

The scholarship was inspired by ATTA’s mission of empowering the global community to do good through travel.  “We created the scholarship in 2016 as a response to ATTA President Shannon Stowell’s challenge to carry forward the “Viva La Revolucion de la Aventura” theme of ATWS-2015 in Chile. The members of the Adventure Angels have benefitted greatly from being part of the ATTA global community, and want to give other women the same opportunity,” says Judy Karwacki, Chair of the Scholarship.

This year’s awardee will receive assistance to participate in ATWS2018, which will take place October 15-18 in Tuscany, Italy. The “Abundance” Scholarship package is valued at over $5,000. It includes a one-year ATTA membership, registration at ATWS2018, a $1,500 travel stipend and mentorship from the Angels.

“The opportunity brought me closer to the adventure travel industry and I was able to really appreciate how it works. Upon my return I knew I had to make adjustments to the processes within my start-up operation. My greatest accomplishments at the ATWS in Alaska were getting a new client and cultivating a strong bond with the adventure travel tribe. Blessings to the “Angels” who open doors,” said the 2016 scholarship awardee Noelia Corrales of Colibri Spanish School in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

"Women are the center of the family and the community. By educating and supporting women in the adventure tourism sector of developing countries, we are helping to enrich many lives beyond the scholarship winner. I'm proud to lend a helping hand to my sisters because as women it is just what we do," stated Dana Johnson, President of the Adventure Angels.

“I’m already feeling what a big role this Summit, networking, and the mentorship program will play in my business and development of tourism in Tajikistan,” remarked Miskola Abdulloeva, Director of Orom Travel, selected as the 2017 awardee.

The deadline for application is May 20, 2018.  Interested women business owners can apply through the ATTA’s ATWS2018 Scholarship page at   


Judy Karwacki

Scholarship Chair, Adventure Angels

P: 604-988-1656

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