IACC Awards Conference Center Scholarships to Hospitality Students

The International Association of Conference Centers–Americas (IACC) has awarded three scholarships to students in hospitality programs, it announced yesterday. Presented at the association's 31st Annual Conference, which took place last month in Houston, the scholarships are:

The IACC Conference Center Industry Award: Established as part of a broader initiative to introduce the leaders of tomorrow to the advantage of choosing a career in conference centers, the IACC Conference Center Industry Award helps offset the growing cost of education and includes a $5,000 scholarship that covers registration fees, transportation and accommodations at the next IACC Annual Conference. This year's award went to Emmanuelle Willis, who is currently working toward her B.S. in hospitality management at Morgan State University in Baltimore, and who has completed internships and externships at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport.

The Doris Sklar Award: The IACC–New York University Doris Sklar Scholarship was established 13 years ago in memory of Doris Sklar, a meeting professional who was active in IACC and taught the meeting planning curriculum at NYU's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. This year's $5,000 scholarship, which also includes registration fees and expenses for IACC's Annual Conference, was awarded to Serena Sun, who is pursuing her B.S. in hotel and tourism management with a concentration in tourism development at the NYU Tisch Center.

The IACC Future Leaders Award: The recipient of the IACC Future Leaders Award, which is granted to hospitality students in good standing at accredited institutions, is Shawna Haggerty, who is working on her master's of tourism administration degree with a concentration in meeting and event management at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her award package includes one conference registration, transportation to and from the IACC Annual Conference, and full CMP accommodations onsite — an approximate value of $3,000.