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Sep 13, 2012 by Shawn Meyer
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Cornell Hotel Society of New York City Student Development Fund
The Student Development fund began in the mid-90’s by the Cornell Hotel Society of New York City to provide a scholarship to students attending the School of Hotel Administration. Over the years, it has developed into a scholarship devoted to providing real world hospitality experiences to students. Since 2004, the Cornell Hotel Society of New York City has donated $85,000. In 2010, the annual donation was increased by 50% in order to help meet the needs of students during the current economic climate.
As past Cornell Hotel Society of New York City president Kimberly Hehir ’94 puts it, “Many students, even those who don’t need financial aid, may not have enough spending money to do anything outside the classroom like the hotel show, and there were certainly no students at the investment conferences. Since such a big part of a Hotelie’s education is industry exposure, we launched the fund to help multiple kids get exposure to various industry events.” In 2010, the fund gave awards to eight student groups, enabling them to attend events including the International Hotel, Restaurant, and Motel Show, the Wharton Asia Business Conference, and the New York Spa Association Conference. At HEC 2010, the New York City chapter was able to present the school with a gift of $15,000, due to our continued support from our financial sponsors and proceeds from our silent auction during the reception.
“This gift was a great opportunity for us,” says Aria Dorsey ‘12, president of the chapter. The students made the most of the gift, which helped twenty-five students attend The International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show.” To save money, they chartered a bus. “It was a long ride!” sighs Dorsey, as she remembers the fifteen-hour journey.
Aria Dorsey ’12, President, Cornell Chapter of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
“We worked hard to raise the funds this year because we felt that it was incredibly important that students have the opportunity to experience the real world industry events, especially in the current tough job market.”
Bradley Burwell ’03, CHS NYC Philanthropy Chair