You Could Be A Marriott Scholar

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2012 Application Season Opens; Up to $500,000 Awarded Annually to Support Diverse Students Pursuing Hospitality Careers

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation announced the opening of the application season for the 2012 – 2013 Marriott Scholars Program today through March 1, 2012.  The Marriott Foundation will award grants of up to $500,000 annually to the Hispanic College Fund (HCF) and United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in support of scholarships for students pursuing degrees within the hospitality management, hotel management, culinary and food and beverage fields.   Scholarship recipients are selected by HCF and UNCF.  The scholarships are renewable in amounts up to $9,000 annually in tuition support for up to four years.

As a part of the program, Marriott International managers and executives from the hotels and corporate offices will provide career guidance, mentoring, development and internship opportunities to scholarship recipients.  “I am so proud of each of the Marriott Scholars,” said J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. “They study and work hard.  And, I am honored that we are able to help these future hospitality leaders support their dreams.”

As of May 2011, six students have completed the Marriott Scholars program graduating with degrees in hospitality or hotel management and culinary arts.  Dozens of Marriott Scholars are actively pursuing their dreams of a college degree at 29 different schools across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Applicants interested in applying for the 2012-13 Marriott Scholars program must apply through the HCF Web site or the UNCF Web site and meet the following eligibility requirements. Applications are being accepted through March 1, 2012.  Candidates must be:

a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States;

enrolled or enrolling full-time in an accredited four-year college or university with a hospitality management or culinary program as an upcoming college freshman or  sophomore or community college transfer for the 2012-2012 school year;

pursuing or planning to pursue an undergraduate degree within the hospitality management, hotel management, culinary or food and beverage field; and

possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Congratulations to the newest Marriott Scholars selected in 2011:

Khashilah Butler, University of Central Florida

Maria Coffaro, Oklahoma State University

Aubrei Nicole Estrada, California Polytechnic, Pomona

Eugenia Gonzalez, University of Houston

Stephon Jones, University of Memphis

Danielle Likibi, University of South Carolina

Jumoke Owens, Jr., University of Wisconsin, Stout

Jacob Ortiz, University of Houston

John Paine, Art Institute of San Antonio

Edgadiel Ramos-Santiago, Universidad del Este

Tyrus Stokes-Ballard, Pennsylvania State University

Dominique Tolbert, New York University

 About the Hispanic College Fund
Founded in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., with a mission to develop the next generation of Hispanic professionals. For 18 years, the Hispanic College Fund has provided educational, scholarship, and mentoring programs to students throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, establishing a career pipeline of talented and career-driven Hispanics. The Hispanic College Fund annually awards millions of dollars, impacting thousands of students through high school to college to career. HCF has been recognized by USA Today as one of the nation’s top 25 charities and has twice received Charity Navigator’s top four-star rating for fiscal responsibility. In 2010, the College Board recognized HCF for program innovation.

About the UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at

About The Marriott Foundation

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation was established in 1965 with the purpose of giving back to the community. Under the current direction of J.W. Marriott, Jr. and Richard E. Marriott, The Marriott Foundation is dedicated to helping youth secure a promising future, especially through education on the secondary and higher education levels, mentoring and youth leadership programs.  Equally important are organizations that help provide relief from hunger and disasters; support people with disabilities; and create gainful employment opportunities for vulnerable youth and adults.


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