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The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University Names
the 2011-2012 Scholarship Award Winning Students


(January 10, 2012, East Lansing, Michigan)  The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University is known for students who earn over a quarter of a million dollars each year in scholarship funds. 
 
This year, The School has placed an emphasis on the students who have earned scholarships named for living individuals, “people who continue to serve as excellent role models” for the students, according to School Director Dr. Ron Cichy (BA ’72, MBA ’77).  “Many of the scholarships our students earn are named for living, iconic contributors to the hospitality industry and to our School.  To be associated with them is an honor.”
 
In The School, scholars earn that title not just with excellent academic records.  Learning comes from work experience and two required internship experiences.  It takes place when nearly one hundred visiting leaders, experts in the industry, come each year to speak with students and provide a front-line perspective.  Professional development programs – almost 25 during Fall Semester alone – contribute to students’ practical understanding of hospitality higher education and knowledge.  Year-round mentoring from successful alumni around the world is yet another way students build their knowledge base and actually learn by doing.
 
Of course, the foundation for student scholarship is the classroom, led by faculty who write the texts others study, who conduct the research used by the industry, and who share their knowledge in innovative and informative ways. 
 
“So in every sense,” Dr. Cichy says, “our students are scholars.”  And named scholarships listed below for the 2011-2012 academic year highlights The School’s relationships with generous, significant individuals who have chosen to invest in the future: students who will one day lead the hospitality industry. 
 
Senior students:
  • Andrew Blumberg (BA ’12) Lou Weckstein Endowed Scholarship Fund in Hospitality Business
  • Jane Cerovina (BA ’12) Philip M. Becker Scholarship
  • Jacob Dondzila (BA ’12) Eric O. Long FTA Scholarship and the Thomas LaTour Family Scholarship
  • Brittany Friddell (BA ’12) Phillip J. Hickey, Jr. and Reedy D. Hickey Endowment in The School of Hospitality Business
  • Rose Halle (BA ’12) Ivon A. and Lois I. English Endowed Scholarship in Hospitality Business
  • Philip Kasischke (BA ’12) Schmidgall Family Endowed Hospitality Business Financial Management Scholarship
  • Lucas Magnini (BA ’12) Philip J. Hickey, Jr. and Reedy D. Hickey Endowment in The School of Hospitality Business and the Joe Perdue Scholarship of The Club Foundation of CMAA
  • Corbin Martinez (BA ’12) F. Brooks and Jan Thomas Endowed Hospitality Business Student Scholarship
  • Emily McCandless (BA ’12) Philip J. Hickey, Jr. and Reedy D. Hickey Endowment in The School of Hospitality Business
  • Kathleen McDonald (BA ’12) Thomas LaTour Family Scholarship
  • Nathan Redner (BA ’12) Philip J. Hickey, Jr. and Reedy D. Hickey Endowment in The School of Hospitality Business and the IFSA Harvey & Laura Alpert Scholarship
  • Nicole Scherff (BA ’12) Philip J. Hickey, Jr. and Reedy D. Hickey Endowment in The School of Hospitality Business
  • Laurel Smith (BA ’12) Masatoshi Ito Student Scholarship
  • Jessica Wiggins (BA ’12) Rodney and Anne Belden Scholarship and the Lou Weckstein Endowed Scholarship Fund in Hospitality Business
  • Lauren Wilson (BA ’12) Lou Weckstein Endowed Scholarship Fund in Hospitality Business
Junior students:
  • Paul Finstad (BA ’13) John A. and Libby M. Belden Endowment for Real Estate and Development Student Travel in The School of Hospitality Business
  • Samantha Patterson (BA ’13) Richard and Cherrill Cregar Outstanding Hospitality Student Endowed Scholarship
  • Lily Shoup (BA ’13) Richard and Cherrill Cregar Outstanding Hospitality Student Endowed Scholarship
Sophomore students:
  • Nevena Divic (BA ’14) James F. Rainey Endowed Fund in Hospitality Business
  • Megan Geist (BA ’14) Alan and Bernice Suitor and Automatic Products International, Ltd. Endowed Scholarship in Hospitality Business
“I think I speak for all of us when I say that I’m honored and inspired by the scholarship I have been awarded,” says Nicole Scherff, who serves as chief financial officer of this year’s Les Gourmets. “Mr. and Mrs. Hickey are so generous, and they also stand for the very best in the restaurant business – I’m aiming for that excellence.”

WE ARE THE SCHOOL™

“WE” includes students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners.  “THE” reflects our 85-year expertise in Hospitality Business management and operations, and the addition of a real estate understanding and thinking like an owner throughout our curriculum.

About The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University:  We are The School

Recognized as the top-ranked hospitality business school, The School has a unique and industry-specific position within the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.  Celebrating its 85th anniversary year in 2012, The School has almost 10,000 graduates worldwide, including a number of leading academicians and industry executives who have earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Founded in 1927, The School offers an exceptionally well-crafted curriculum, taught by innovative professors who are leading textbook authors, sought-after consultants, and respected researchers.

The mission of The School is
  • to INSPIRE continuous learning by empowering present and future managers to ACQUIRE knowledge, skills, and global Hospitality Business leadership positions
  • to CREATE knowledge by engaging in collaborative theoretical and applied research for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students, Hospitality Businesses, and the community of hospitality management scholars
  • to ENGAGE our Hospitality Business partners through outreach and service, and to ENHANCE global Hospitality Business economic, community, and academic development and
  • to CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE The School's global leadership position in Hospitality Business operations, development, ownership, and management.
The First, The Original, and STILL The Leader…The School of Hospitality Business.  We are The School™.

For more information, please visit us at www.hospitalitybusiness.msu.edu
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Contact:

Lena Loeffler
517-353-9211
shbpr@bus.msu.edu
 
 

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