Two students attending the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Business have been awarded the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Inc. (EAF) Alice S. Marriott Scholarship.
The $10,000 awards went to James Kingston and DeAndre James, both majoring in hospitality and tourism administration. The recipients were selected on the basis of academic knowledge, recommendations, experience, and community and leadership activities.
Kingston, a junior from Jacksonville, N.C., served in the U.S. Marines and has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. He is also the recipient of a scholarship from The American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Foundation.
James, a junior from Portsmouth, Va., is also a member of the NCCU men’s track and field team. In additional to completing internships with two major hotel chains, he is a member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. He is also the recipient of a scholarship from The American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Foundation.
“It’s great to see students rewarded for dedication to academic success,” said Dr. Beverly Bryant, chair of NCCU Department of Hospitality and Tourism Administration.
The Alice S. Marriott Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Marriott’s co-founder, who was the mother of executive chairman Bill Marriott. Marriott International in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Inc. has provided the scholarship funding each year from 2008 to 2015. The scholarships are provided to college students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in hospitality. The awards were presented during the foundation’s annual awards luncheon held this year in Chicago, Ill., on July 17, 2015.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization established by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in 1980. EAF promotes lifelong learning and has awarded more than $4 million dollars in scholarships and community assistance awards.
North Carolina Central University’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Administration prepares students to become hospitality professionals who possess the knowledge, managerial skills and competencies to obtain roles in various aspects in the global industry. Graduates of the program are employed in lodging, food and beverage service, convention and visitors bureaus, event management, resorts, conference centers, cruise lines and airlines.
About North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Flagship programs include the sciences, technology, nursing, education, law, business and the arts. Founded in 1910 as a liberal arts college for African-Americans, NCCU remains committed to diversity in higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Visit www.nccu.edu.
Source: North Carolina Central University, University Relations