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FY23 | 1st Quarter Update

Welcome to the December 2022 TSLF Newsletter

TSLF continues to make a difference in the community through our mission of collaborating with community and industry partners on multiple events, programs, workforce initiatives, and community activities. 

In this newsletter you'll find information about:

  • Francis Kobty Scholarship Award Presentation and Scholarship Breakfast
  • Three New Scholarships Awarded to TCC Students
  • Crowne Plaza Hosts Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Hospitality Services Interns
  • Career Field Trip for Arlington ISD High School Students Planned
  • Tarrant County College Hosts Culinary Arts & Hospitality Business Meeting
  • Community Supports TSLF on North Texas Giving Day

We appreciate your continued support of the TSLF and our vision to transform lives through tourism opportunities.

SAVE THE DATE: TSLF Annual Meeting - May 9, 2023

Arlington ISD Center for Visual & Performing Arts

Francis Kobty Scholarship Award Presented at the Arlington CVB Annual Meeting & Breakfast

The Francis Kobty Hospitality Scholarship was awarded to Mateo Serrano at the Arlington CVB’s Annual Meeting & Breakfast on November 9. Mateo Serrano is an Arlington ISD Bowie High School graduate and a TCC Culinary Arts student. The Kobty family, owners of the Prince Lebanese Grill, created the scholarship in memory of Francis Kobty, founder of the Prince Lebanese Grill.  

The scholarship was created through the Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation and the Tarrant County College Foundation. 

The full scholarship covers tuition, books, and support materials and the recipient will be mentored by Aziz Kobty. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a TCC Culinary Arts student, and a graduate of an Arlington ISD or a Mansfield ISD high school.

The Francis Kobty Hospitality Scholarship Breakfast was hosted at Prince Lebanese Grill in November. The inaugural event was sponsored by the Kobty Family in support of the Francis Kobty Hospitality Scholarship.  


More information about the scholarships is available at 

Industry Organizations Partnering to Host Career Field Trips for Arlington ISD High School Students  

TSLF is partnering with the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, Hotel Association of Tarrant County, and Arlington ISD to host field trips for Arlington ISD 1,700 high school students in Spring 2023. The event, which will include presentations from industry representatives, will cover career and job opportunities in tourism and sports management. The event will be held at a venue in The District (formerly the Entertainment District).

Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Hospitality Services Students Intern at Crowne Plaza Hotel

For five years Arlington full-service hotels have hosted the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Hospitality Services student internship program. Students learn about hotel management by interning with the hotel managers at various departments in Arlington hotels. The Crowne Plaza Arlington hosted students for three weeks in the fall. The students learned about front desk operations, food preparation, accounting, and other areas of the hotel. The internship program is hands-on training that is supplemented by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s training. 

Tarrant County College Hosts Culinary Arts & Hospitality Business Meeting for Industry Partners

Tarrant County College hosted a Culinary Arts & Hospitality Business Meeting recently on the Southeast Campus. The event brought together college officials and industry professionals to discuss opportunities for collaboration, programs that benefit TCC students, and an update on campus development.  College officials provided an update on the new facilities that will house the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Programs. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2024.  

Several industry representatives attended the event, and presentations were made by TCC Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management staff, TSLF, and the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund. The next meeting will be held in the Spring.


TSLF Awards Three Scholarships to TCC Students

The TSLF awards scholarships to TCC Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts students annually. Three scholarships were awarded to TCC students this year. The scholarships were sponsored by Texas Live! and were awarded to Brittany Hudson, Mia Russ, and Terrance Hill, an AISD Bowie High School graduate and former Dan Dipert CTC student.

With support from TSLF partners, TSLF will award up to $17,000 in scholarship and mentoring assistance to this year's scholarship recipients during the course of their studies. Scholarships are awarded based on eligibility guidelines.

Scholarship recipients will participate in the TSLF Milestones Mentoring program this school year. The one-year program offers the students the opportunity to meet in an individual and group setting with life coaches. Scholarship recipients are assigned an industry mentor during their second year in the program.  

To volunteer to serve as an industry mentor, contact TaShunda Scott at

Terrance Hill,

TSLF Scholarship Recipient

Brittany Hudson,

TSLF Scholarship Recipient

Mia Russ,

TSLF Scholarship Recipient

Community Support for North Texas Giving Day

More than $62 million was raised for North Texas nonprofits and $2 million was raised for Arlington charities. A special thanks to donors who supported TSLF on North Texas Giving Day! Please consider us for future donations during North Texas Giving Day 2023, Sept. 21, 2023.

TSLF Supports Community Events

TSLF participated in several events recently including the Region 11 2022 Pathways to Texas CCMR Summit, Arlington ISD Civic and Non-Profit Organizations Luncheon, and the Green Oaks School Grand Opening of the Arlington Tomorrow Hall.

Texas Live! hosted a Community Resources Fair in October. More than 1000 people attended the event. Resources were provided to the over 160 families that attended the event including school supplies. 

Support Today Provides a Future for Tomorrow's

Tourism Leaders

Show your support for the Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation as the charity of your choice each time you purchase items through Amazon. Sign up at and select "Travel & Sports Legacy Foundation" to start generating donations, at no cost to you.

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to the TSLF. Your support helps to provide tourism job training, scholarships, and internships for underserved youth and adults in our community.

Donate to TSLF

The TSLF Board of Directors and its committee members are comprised of community and tourism industry leaders who support the foundation through volunteerism and sponsorship. To volunteer for a TSLF committee and/or program, contact Mary German at 

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