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Marriott Foundation Supports United Negro College Fund and Hispanic College Fund
Dasha Ross

(301) 380-8521
WashingtonDC  -  7 February 2007 - 

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation announced today the launch of the Marriott Scholars Program at both the Hispanic College Fund (HCF) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).  The Marriott Foundation will award grants of up to $500,000 annually to HCF and UNCF in support of scholarships for students pursuing degrees within the hospitality management, hotel management, culinary and food and beverage fields. Eligible Hispanic and African American students can apply for renewable scholarships of up to $9,000 annually in tuition support for up to four years.

As a part of the program, Marriott International managers and executives from the hotels and corporate offices, including Chairman and CEO J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., will provide career guidance, mentoring, development and internship opportunities to scholarship recipients. 

“We’re excited about the possibilities these scholarships will create for students with a passion for our industry,” said Bill Marriott. “Our goal is to work with these two outstanding organizations to provide eligible students with ongoing support throughout the entire process from mentoring and development to career options.”

Applicants interested in applying for the Marriott Scholars Program must meet the following eligibility requirements. Candidates must be:
• Hispanic or African American;
• enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year college or university with a hospitality management program as an incoming college freshman, first year freshman or community college transfer;
• pursuing or planning to pursue a degree within the hospitality management, hotel management, culinary or food and beverage field; and
• possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
Those interested can apply online at or

About the UNCF
As the nation’s oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, the United Negro College Fund’s mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions and increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 25 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 65,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country.  Learn more about UNCF at

About the HCF
The Hispanic College Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals in America. The HCF accomplishes its mission by providing Hispanic students with the vision, resources, and mentorship needed to attain successful careers and become community leaders. Since its founding in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund has supported the education of over 3,000 financially disadvantaged Hispanic students seeking careers in business, science, engineering and technology with over $8 million in grants. Through programs like the HCF Scholars Program, Hispanic Youth Symposium, Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT), HCF Connections and the HYP Leadership & Development Program, the Hispanic College Fund is enriching lives and building bridges for our future Hispanic leaders.

About the Marriott Foundation
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation was established in 1965 with the purpose of giving back to the community. Under the current direction of J.W. Marriott, Jr. and Richard E. Marriott, the Marriott 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.  Equally important are organizations that help provide relief from hunger and disasters; support people with disabilities; and create gainful employment opportunities for vulnerable youth and adults.  

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