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The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Awards $49,500
for Hospitality Student Scholarships and Grants to Local
Hospitality Educational Institutions 
Kissimmee, FL -  At Noon, Friday, November 10, 2006, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) hosted its scholarship and grants awards luncheon, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, with WOFL-Fox 35 news anchor Tom Johnson, as the special program emcee.  CFHLA presented local hospitality students and educational institutions with hospitality programs, with scholarships that collectively totaled $49,500.  
CFHLA distributed $1,000 scholarships to twenty two (22) students, from the CFHLA Educational Trust Fund.  Six (6) local schools received grants totaling $27,500. 
The Educational Trust Fund receives revenue from the CFHLA Bacchus Bash “street party,” which is held annually in the March or April.  Over 20,000 people attended the 2006 Bacchus Bash celebration, which was held on March 31st at the Orlando Premium Outlets.  
“This is one of my favorite luncheons of the year,” said Richard Maladecki, President of CFHLA.  “All attendees enjoy seeing the look of the student’s faces when the actual scholarships are announced.  Those scholarships are important to each recipient, and members of the Educational Trust Board feel rewarded for all their work in raising those funds,” Maladecki further stated.      
Scholarships awarded cover nearly the cost of an entire semester for a full time in-state student at our local hospitality universities, and nearly a full year’s tuition for full-time in-state students attending a local community college.   
“I was very pleased to see the hospitality scholarship applicants come from a variety of our local schools.  We had over 60 student applications this year.  What’s more, this is the first time we are awarding a scholarship to a High School student and a graduate student!” Maladecki further went on to say.

2006 Scholarship Honorees

Oviedo High School

  • Evans Aguilar
University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • Monica Carpenter 
  • Heide Colon 
  • Bianca Dujon 
  • Tara Gettino
  • Patricia Gillen 
  • Lori Graham 
  • Keyra Hill 
  • Lawrence Kiang 
  • Noemi Maldonado
  • Steven Miller 
  • Anna O’Neil 
  • Xavier Ramirez 
  • Lauren Shepherd 
  • Ryan Shields
  • Jill Shriner 
  • Amanda Smythe 
  • Jamie Solomon 
  • Danielle Thomas
Valencia Community College
  • Janet Bryan 
  • Lynn Friedman 
  • Kristen Rahn
2006 Grant Honorees
  • Colonial High School  - $700 - Transportation for Field Trips
  • Freedom High School - $766 - Equipment for Hospitality Office Simulator
  • Mid-Florida Tech   - $3,500 - Scholarships for Employees of CFHLA Member Hotels
  • Robert Hungerford Prep High School -  $1,110 - Local Bus Transportation and Digital Camera with Photo Printer 
  • UCF - Rosen College of Hospitality Management - $12,500 - Naming Rights to UCF Executive Conference Room and Funding for a Hospitality Economic Impact Study 
  • Valencia Community College - $8,900 - Naming Rights to VCC Front Desk & Student Internships at CFHLA

Belinda Ortiz, MPA
Director of Public Policy
Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association
7380 Sand Lake Road, Suite 300 Orlando, FL 32819 
(407) 313-5035 
(407) 313-5050 Fax

Also See: The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Recognizes the “Best of the Best” Hotel Employees of the Year / January 2006
Dennis BeMent, GM of the Holiday Inn SunSpree Named Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association 2005 Hotelier of the Year / December 2005

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