Carnival Gold Scholars Pursue Hospitality Career Dreams at FIU

/Carnival Gold Scholars Pursue Hospitality Career Dreams at FIU

Carnival Gold Scholars Pursue Hospitality Career Dreams at FIU

|2015-11-23T14:07:35-05:00November 23rd, 2015|

L-R: Roger Frizzell, Senior Vice President & Chief Communication Officer, Carnival Corporation; John Simpson, 2015 Carnival Gold Scholar; Heissel Mayorga, 2015 Carnival Gold Scholar; Dalila Pineda, 2015 Carnival Gold Scholar; Mark B. Rosenberg, President, FIU; Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation; Linda Coll, Executive Director, Carnival Foundation; Deborah Sanchez, 2015 Carnival Gold Scholar; Destinee Gutierrez, 2015 Carnival Gold Scholar; Richard Brilliant ’93, Chief Audit Officer, Carnival Corporation; Mike Hampton, Dean, Chaplin School

Five new students receive full-tuition scholarships sponsored by Carnival Foundation

MIAMI (November 2015) – Five of South Florida’s brightest and most promising hospitality students are getting the opportunity to pursue their dream of launching a career in hospitality management with an $80,000 scholarship from Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation .

The Carnival Gold Scholars program, which is in its second year, awards full-tuition scholarships, including room and board, to five students who have demonstrated excellence in hospitality management through programs, competitions and industry-specific internships, such as the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).

“We are extremely proud of our five new Carnival Gold Scholars and all of their accomplishments that contributed to their earning this honor,” said Linda Coll, executive director of Carnival Foundation. “Congratulations to the students, and we look forward to seeing what their bright futures hold.”

Among them is 18-year-old Deborah Daniela Sanchez. Sanchez, like many FIU students, is the first in her family to attend college in the United States, after her parents moved here from Venezuela in the pursuit of a better future. During high school, Sanchez placed second in the state of Florida during DECA’s Career Development State Conference as a co-author of a 30-page manual on operations research.

“This scholarship will allow me to receive the best hospitality management education possible,” Sanchez said. “I am very grateful to Carnival Foundation for investing in me and my academic development. I am now able to dedicate myself completely to my studies, fully develop my professional skills and hopefully contribute to the industry.”

In addition to Sanchez, Destinee Marie Gutierrez, Heissel Veronica Mayorga, Dalila Delisle Pineda and John Joseph Simpson also were selected to become Carnival Gold Scholars.

Carnival Corporation is one of South Florida’s largest employers and is a major contributor to the South Florida community. Over the past several years it has donated millions to support a variety of organizations in our region. The FIU Chaplin School’s ties with Carnival Foundation began in 2008, when the company pledged a generous gift toward what is now the Carnival Student Center.

“Carnival Foundation has been a long-time supporter of our school and the South Florida community,” said Mike Hampton, dean of FIU’s Chaplin School. “This new scholarship donation allows us to attract and retain the best students, who will be prepared to design, develop and manage the customer experiences of the future. These scholarships demonstrate Carnival Corporation’s commitment to the South Florida community and its continued economic development. We couldn’t be more fortunate to collaborate with Carnival in shaping the future of the hospitality and tourism industry.”

Each cohort of Carnival Gold Scholars is funded by a $400,000 donation, which also helps finance study abroad experiences, place them in internships across the globe and helps prepare them to be leaders in the industry. To qualify students must demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Scholarship recipients will be honored Thursday November 12 at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab in FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

About Carnival Foundation

Carnival Foundation is dedicated to creating positive change through empowering youth, enhancing education and strengthening families. Following the example set by Carnival's founder, the late Ted Arison, and continued by his son Micky, chairman of Carnival Corporation, Carnival Foundation endeavors to make South Florida and other communities better places to live and work. For more information visit

About the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in the United States. More than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations, expert faculty, rich curriculum and fast-track career opportunities in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries. In August 2006, FIU unveiled the first U.S. school of hospitality and tourism in Tianjin, China. The Marriott Tianjin China Program is FIU’s largest international program, with a capacity for up to 1,000 students. For more information about FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, visit

About FIU

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $8.9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, [email protected], and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

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