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School of Hospitality Management Receives Grant from Marriott Foundation

The School of Hospitality Management recently received funding from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation in the amount of $100,000 to support an endowed scholarship fund.

The Marriott Scholarship is available to students in the School of Hospitality Management that have a financial need. For freshmen to be eligible they must have a high school grade point average of a 3.0 or higher. Upperclassmen are also eligible for the scholarship and must maintain a grade point average of a 2.8 or higher and demonstrate qualities of community service and campus citizenship.

"We are very excited to offer more financial help to students in our program," said Dr. Nicholas Hadgis, dean of the School of Hospitality Management. "We have a diverse population of students who will greatly benefit from the scholarship and it will also make Widener a choice for others who may need extra financial support."

This is not the first time the School of Hospitality Management has worked with the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. In 2009, the School of Hospitality Management opened the Marriott Dining Room on Main Campus thanks to the support of a grant from the foundation. The Marriott Dining Room hosts weekly lunches and dinners prepared and managed by students as part of the hospitality management curriculum.

"Marriot International has been a supporter of our school for many years," Hadgis said. "Our relationship continues to grow as we work together on new opportunities such as this."

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation was established in 1989 by the family of J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott to enhance employment opportunities for young people with disabilities. The private family foundation is dedicated to helping youth secure a promising future, especially through education on the secondary and higher education levels, mentoring and youth leadership programs.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,500 students. Visit the university website,