EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
The ISPA Foundation believes spas are a critical resource in our goal to expand the health and well-being of people everywhere. The rejuvenating and restorative results spa professionals provide make a difference in the quality of people's lives.
A primary component in enhancing the role of spas is to educate spa professionals in a consistent, formalized and accredited manner. By making each individual spa professional stronger - and by recruiting others into the spa profession - the entire industry becomes stronger.
To that end, the ISPA Foundation has begun the process of instituting a full-fledged spa management curriculum for institutions of higher learning, several of which have already adopted the introductory text for use in a comprehensive spa management course.
Tools and textbooks created by the Foundation include:
- The Certified Spa Supervisor program
- Code of Conduct - available in four languages
- The Compensation Workbook
- Financial Management for Spas textbook
- Retail Management for Spas textbook
- Risk Management e-learning program
- Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction
- Supervisory Skills Builders Workbooks for the Certified Spa Supervisor
- Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Spas
Mary Tabacchi Scholarship
The Mary H. Tabacchi Scholarship was created in 2006 and named in honor of Mary Tabacchi, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor, Hospitality Facilities and Operations at Cornell University. Dr. Tabacchi is a spa industry veteran and pioneer in spa education.
The ISPA Foundation's Mary Tabacchi Scholarship will be awarded to a junior, senior or grad student enrolled full-time in a bachelor's or master's program of a related discipline, i.e. business, health science, hospitality or spa management, and is pursuing a spa management/spa leadership-related career. The recipient will receive $5,000 USD to offset his/her education expenses, a complimentary registration, travel stipend and hotel accommodations to attend the ISPA Conference & Expo, a one-year ISPA student membership (valued at $130 USD) and will be assigned a one-year mentor.
The application for the 2013 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship is closed. Please contact email@example.com for more information regarding the 2014 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship."
If you would like to contribute to the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship Fund, please download the Donation Form.
ABOUT MARY TABACCHI
Mary H. Tabacchi, Ph.D., R.D., is an associate professor with tenure at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Dr. Tabacchi began teaching at Cornell University in 1972 as a visiting assistant professor in the division of nutritional sciences. Her Ph.D. is in Biochemical Nutrition, Biostatistics. She is a well-respected author and researcher, having published numerous papers and books on nutrition, spa and other related subjects, as well as extensive research on the spa industry. Her reach has expanded the globe, through research, education and consulting projects in Europe, Asia and North America. Dr. Tabacchi has served on the International SPA Association Board of Directors, past president of the ISPA Foundation and numerous spa and spa-related advisory boards and committees.