The Deborah L. Natansohn Memorial Scholarship
The Deborah L. Natansohn Memorial Scholarship is intended to recognize an outstanding female student in the field of travel and tourism management. Before her untimely death in October 2006, Ms. Deborah L. Natansohn was a ground-breaker for executive women in the travel industry, having been named as the first female President of a cruise line, Orient Lines, in the US in 1998. At the time of her death, she was President of Seabourn Cruise Line and had guided the luxury line through one of the most successful periods in its history. Previously, as senior vice president for sales and marketing at Cunard Lines, she was instrumental in overseeing the highly acclaimed launch of the Queen Mary 2. A widely recognized leader for women in business, she was named in 2004 as Travel executive of the Year by Travel Trade Magazine, and in 2006 was honored with a Glass Ceiling Award by the Jewish Museum of Florida and named one of Florida’s top 50 women in business leaders by The Center for Leadership at Florida International University, In 2007 she was posthumously inducted into the Cruise Lines International Association of Hall of Fame.
A strong believer in giving back to the community, she was the president of The Commonwealth Institute, South Florida, a peer counseling group for executive women; a member of the International Women’s Forum; and a participant in the Miami-Dade School District’s Executive P~SS program, which matches local chief executives with school principals to further the success of their schools.
Scholarships will be awarded to students who best exemplify Ms. Natansohn’s leadership spirit.
• Must be a degree-seeking female student of the Chaplin School.
• Must be enrolled full-time (undergraduate: minimum 12 credit hours, graduate: minimum 9 credit hours). Undergraduates must have junior or senior standing.
• Must demonstrate financial need.
• US citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
• Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
If selected as a recipient for this scholarship, please note the following:
Prior to disbursing your award, it is imperative that a “thank you” letter, a brief biography and an appropriate head shot be submitted via AcademicWorks. An appointment must also be made to meet with the Chaplin School of Hospitality’s Career Development Office. Recipients will have two (2) weeks to complete these requirements or risk losing the scholarship. Acceptance of an award will serve as an agreement to these requirements.