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Roosevelt University has received a $250,000 gift from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation that will help undergraduate students studying hospitality and tourism management.

The gift for a new Marriott Scholars Program will provide Roosevelt hospitality and tourism management majors, many of whom are from under-represented communities, with scholarships, and a chance to receive internships and mentoring from leaders in the Chicago area hospitality industry.

“I’d like to thank the Marriott Foundation for supporting our students and our program,” said Carol Brown, director of Roosevelt’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program.

“A college diploma is important for anyone in today’s job market, and that is particularly true in the hospitality field where a degree can be the difference between an entry-level and mid-level position,” she said.

Roosevelt will begin offering scholarships for the fall of 2018 to undergraduates, many of whom come from low-income households and underrepresented communities.

“A degree from a quality academic program can help propel an individual’s career in the hospitality industry, but too often that degree can be out of reach. With this gift, our foundation hopes to ensure that the opportunity to earn a diploma and jumpstart a career is available for those who need it most,” said Anne Gunsteens, executive director of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

Along with providing scholarships, the program will pave the way for hospitality majors to work with mentors, and to serve as interns in the hospitality industry.

“We are looking at this program as an opportunity for our students and for Roosevelt to establish connections and relationships with hospitality providers throughout the region,” said Brown.

For more information, contact Roosevelt’s Office of Admission at admission@roosevelt.edu or cbbrown@roosevelt.edu.

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