NYU establishes two scholarships for HBCU grads for Tisch Center of Hospitality

During the 43rd Annual NYU Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, held at the New York Marriott Marquis, Nicolas Graf, Jonathan M. Tisch Chaired Professor and associate dean, revealed that two new full scholarships will be created through the support of Loews Hotels & Co and its Chairman/CEO Jonathan Tisch.

The Loews Hotels Scholarship and the Jonathan M. Tisch Scholarship will be bestowed annually upon two graduates of Howard University and/or other Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), who seek to pursue a master’s degree at the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality. The students who will receive this tuition assistance will be known as the Loews Hotels Scholar and the Jonathan M. Tisch Scholar, respectively.

“These scholarships will serve to ensure that diversity and inclusion, which are core values of the hospitality industry and the Tisch Center, remain at the forefront of all that we do to prepare the next generation of industry professionals,” said Graf. “They will provide students from HBCUs with the opportunity to gain the graduate education and build the network they need to prepare for careers in the C-suite.”

Jon Tisch, who earlier this year made a transformational gift to the Tisch Center of Hospitality to establish the Jonathan M. Tisch Endowed Chair, is a philanthropist who is a staunch supporter of higher education and a true believer in its ability to empower individuals from all walks of life to reach their full potential. “Providing the means for students from historically underrepresented groups to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to lead successful careers, is the greatest investment we can make in their future and in the future of this industry,” he said.

Angie Kamath, dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies, added, “We are incredibly grateful to Jon Tisch for his continued generosity and for his and Loews Hotels’ commitment to our students. Their gifts and the scholarships they will fund will help to ensure the equitable outcomes that are so critically important for the hospitality industry and for society as a whole. On behalf of the school and our students, I thank Loews and Jon for all that they do to make our programs accessible to all.”