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Niagara University tourism major receives Ronald H. Brown Memorial Scholarship

by jmaloni
Tue, Jul 26th 2011 10:25 am
Wendy Reyes
Wendy Reyes

Another day, another national scholarship earned by a student in Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Wendy Reyes, an NU senior from El Paso, Texas, is the lone recipient of this year's Ronald H. Brown Memorial Scholarship, awarded to an undergraduate minority student committed to the pursuit of a career in the travel industry. The $3,000 scholarship is given in honor of the late commerce secretary and his contributions to the U.S. travel and tourism industry. This is the 16th year that the award has been granted.

"On behalf of the Destination & Travel Foundation board of directors, I congratulate you for being chosen as the winner of the 2011 Ronald H. Brown Memorial Scholarship," said Judith Harris, senior director of membership for the U.S. Travel Association, a national, nonprofit organization representing all components of the travel industry.

As a student studying tourism destination management at NU, Reyes aspires to work for a convention and visitors bureau after graduation. She will spend the next academic year studying abroad at Germany's International University of Applied Science Bad Honnef (IUBH), one of Niagara University's partner schools in the Leading Hotel Schools of the World organization. Upon completion of the program, Reyes will receive degrees from both schools, which was among the primary reasons that she enrolled at Niagara.

"Thanks to generous organizations such as yours, I will be able to further my education and continue to produce academic results that exceed expectations," wrote Reyes in an acknowledgment letter to the Destination & Travel Foundation board. "My goal is to assist in the development of a city's positive perception and create a source of economic sustainability through tourism efforts. I know that this award will be a tremendous help to me in the continuation of my academic success, and I look forward to the time when I can help others as you have helped me."

The Destination & Travel Foundation, formerly the DMAI Foundation, is a complementary organization to both DMAI and to the U.S. Travel Association. The DMAI Foundation was formed in 1993, and in February 2009, DMAI and the U.S. Travel Association joined resources of their foundations to create a stronger organization, better capable of serving the interest of destination marketing professionals and highlighting the impact of travel around the world.

For more information about NU, visit www.niagara.edu.

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