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Scholarship Named in Honor of FAU College of Business Professor

‘Dr. Peter Ricci Honorary Scholarship’ Applications Currently Accepted

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 15, 2013) –  Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business has announced that The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) South Florida Chapter’s annual scholarship fund has been named in honor of Peter Ricci, Ph.D., director of hospitality management at FAU. Applications for the HSMAI South Florida Dr. Peter Ricci Honorary Scholarship Award, for students pursuing careers in hospitality sales and marketing, management or revenue management, are now being accepted.

“Dr. Ricci has been singled out for this honor based on his years of personal commitment to the HSMAI South Florida Chapter and his dedication to educating future generations of hospitality professionals,” said Carmen Ackerman, president of HSMAI South Florida Chapter.  “His vision for empowering students to achieve excellence by encouraging their affiliation with HSMAI and other hospitality associations demonstrates his passion for the industry and for ensuring its continued growth and development.”

The scholarship fund offers students enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate hospitality degree program at any of the South Florida educational institutions an opportunity to receive financial assistance based on the merit of their application and personal achievements.

 “The hospitality program at FAU’s College of Business produces AACSB-accredited graduates that are in high-demand in this very important sector of Florida’s economy,” says Som Bhattacharya, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Business. “Dr. Ricci’s efforts on behalf of this program, and the accolades that he has received and continues to receive from the HSMAI, are a testament to the manner in which FAU continues to contribute to the hospitality industry, and our local and state economy. We are all advantaged by Peter’s dedication and commitment to our students, and are delighted to see him recognized and honored by the industry.” 

Scholarships are awarded based on merit and complete eligibility criteria and requirements which are outlined by HSMAI South Florida. Applications for the 2013-14 academic year must be submitted no later than Friday, June 28, and winners will be announced by Wednesday, July 31.

For more information, contact Diane Levine at 305-608-8090 or hsmaisouthflorida@gmail.com.

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