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HSMAI Foundation Names its Annual Scholarship Recipients

Five Students Recognized for Collegiate Achievements and Promising Futures in Hospitality

MCLEAN, VA (Sept. 29, 2011) – Recognizing exceptional students since 1983, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Foundation has awarded its annual scholarships to five college students pursuing careers in the hospitality industry. HSMAI Foundation scholarship recipients have achieved great success in the hospitality field, including recent recipients who are in current roles with industry leaders such as Ritz Carlton, Marriott, TIG Global and InterContinental Hotels Group.

“This year’s Foundation scholarship recipients have exemplified a thorough knowledge, passion and devotion to the hospitality industry,” said Susan Thronson, Chair, HSMAI Foundation and Senior Vice President Global Marketing, Marriott International. “The HSMAI Foundation is proud to make an investment in the future of the industry by providing scholarships to these five students who each have promising futures in the field.”

The 2011 recipients of the merit scholarships, sponsored by American Express, are Carly Beckner, Jamie Choi, Sara Garvey, Katie Tolman and Jacob Youngblood.

Carley Beckner discovered her interest in hospitality through the culinary arts. In high school, she worked in a local restaurant in her hometown, Richmond, Va. Under Chef Andy Howell, she helped to open and develop Cafe Rustica. While attending the University of Delaware, her interest in hospitality grew as she worked in country clubs, hotels, catering, and property management. With completion of the Google Marketing Challenge, she hopes to work in hospitality marketing, specializing in online marketing and revenue management for companies in the hospitality industry.

Jaimie Choi, attending New York University, will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Choi has interned in sales and marketing and worked as a front desk agent at Hotel Indigo-NYC Chelsea. She has also interned in accounting at The Westin New York at Times Square, and in revenue management at Hersha Hospitality Management and Conrad New York. She is the co-chair for the NYU Collegiate Chapter of HSMAI.

Sara Garvey will be graduating from Temple University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s of science degree in tourism and hospitality management and a minor in Spanish. Garvey has interned with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau in the Convention Services Department, as well as the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce in Connecticut. She has held a number of student leadership positions in organizations within the school of tourism and hospitality management at Temple University, including serving as president of the Temple University Collegiate Chapter of HSMAI.

Katie Tolman is majoring in marketing and hospitality management at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. Tolman has interned for the Blackburn for Congress campaign, and as a digital marketing intern at Cendyn. She is a member of many organizations at FAU including the Hospitality Management Society, the University Scholars program and Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

Jacob Youngblood, Jacob A. Youngblood is completing a double major in hospitality management and business administration from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. He is co-president of the collegiate chapter of HSMAI and has maintained full-time employment in hospitality throughout his university career.  Upon graduation, Jacob aspires to a career in hotel marketing and would like to work internationally.

For eligibility, students must be enrolled in a hospitality management program or related curriculum and pursuing a degree, have demonstrated hospitality work experience, possess an interest in a career in hospitality sales, marketing, or revenue management, and be in good academic standing.

About HSMAI Foundation
Established in 1983 to serve as the research and educational arm of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the HSMAI Foundation's mission is to expand and enhance the educational opportunities available to hospitality sales and marketing executives and to increase the amount of in-depth research conducted on behalf of the profession. Today, and in the years ahead, the HSMAI Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, plans to accelerate its research and publishing activities to contribute even more to the continuing education of those engaged in this fast-paced, increasingly demanding profession. For more information on the HSMAI Foundation, contact the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Foundation, 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Va. 22102; (703) 506-3280; fax (703) 506-3266, or visit the website at

Lindsay Stout, Edelman

Bo Morris, Edelman

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