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Hospitality and Tourism Management program receives scholarship support from the Marriott Foundation

Posted: 06/21/2012

Roosevelt University’s Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has been awarded $150,000 for student scholarships by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

The award will make it possible to provide financial support over the next five years to qualified students taking hotel management at Roosevelt.

“These scholarships will pave the way for our students to get an education that will best prepare them for management positions in the hospitality industry,” said Gerald Bober, director of Roosevelt’s Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “We would like to thank the Marriott Foundation for its generosity and faith in our students and our program,” Bober said

The award is being made as Roosevelt’s hospitality management program and the Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work Program prepare to enter the eighth year of a longstanding partnership providing training and support for graduating Chicago high school students with severe learning disabilities.

Since 2005, Carol Brown, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management, has been offering a course called Leadership and Organizational Development for the Hospitality Industry which acquaints students with leadership and management in hospitality organizations and introduces them to the importance of corporate responsibility and social justice through community outreach activities.

During the course, HOSM 311, which will be offered again this fall, some of Brown’s students mentor recent Chicago high school graduates who participate in the Bridges from School to Work‘s Job Club, 901 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. As many as 80 recent high school graduates, ages 18 to 22, participate annually in the Job Club where they receive job and life skills training. As a result of the training, many of the students have landed jobs all over the city, including in clothing stores, coffee houses, department stores, hotels, airports and grocery stores.

As part of their coursework, Brown’s students also plan and hold a major end-of-semester fundraiser, bringing in more than $35,000 over the past seven years to help support the foundation’s Job Club activities. “We have built a solid relationship over the years in which my students learn not only what it takes to put on a major event but also get to know those whom we are helping in the community,” said Brown.

“I am thrilled that the Marriott Foundation is taking this relationship to a new level by investing in our students,” she added. “It sends a strong message about the viability of both our students and our hospitality management program.”