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Orlando, Florida, July 2013- Jasmine Hurt, a senior in the hotel and lodging management program at Johnson & Wales University's Miami, Florida, campus, is the winner of a $2500 scholarship awarded by the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF). The scholarship was presented by American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) vice president for research and development Monique Donahue during the CHART summer conference in Miami, Florida (pictured, above).

Hurt is a 2010 graduate of the Monroe Career & Technical Institute in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the hospitality team that won first place in EI's Lodging Management Program (LMP) International Competition that year.

As a hospitality student at Johnson & Wales, Hurt maintains a 3.4 GPA while working on a bachelor's degree program that includes concentrations in resort management, cruise line management, and psychology. She is a member of DECA and treasurer of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) North Miami chapter.  While maintaining a full-time academic schedule, she also works as a guest service representative at the Marriott Vacation Club-Beach Place Towers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Her goal is to become a director of operations at a Marriott property.  

Hurt states that she has always had a passion to serve others and that "knowing how to treat a guest to make them feel respected, important, and treasured comes naturally to me.  I love my career and I love hospitality because I know that what I do leaves an impact on people's lives."

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Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute's mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

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