VSU’s Ashley Stokes awarded $1,000
Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (RMCVB) recently awarded the inaugural 2011 RMCVB Foundation Scholarship to Virginia State University student Ashley Stokes. The $1,000 scholarship, made possible through proceeds from the annual Richmond Region Open Golf Tournament, was developed to award one exceptional undergraduate student who is pursuing a degree in the Department of Hospitality Management and a career in the tourism/hospitality industry. This merit scholarship seeks to contribute to the educational development of motivated students in the field of tourism and hospitality.
Criteria for the scholarship recipient included related work experience, extra-curricular activities and aspirations toward a career in the hospitality industry. Stokes is an honor student at Virginia State University (VSU) in the Department of Hospitality Management. She hopes to one day become the general manager of a leading hotel brand.
“I am honored to be a recipient of the RMCVB Foundation Scholarship,” Stokes said. “The scholarship funds will be a great help as I work to earn my degree in Hospitality Management.”
“The new RMCVB Foundation scholarship is one way that we are working to ensure a bright future for the Richmond Region’s tourism community,” said Jack Berry, president and CEO of RMCVB. “Many students in the area plan to pursue a career in hospitality, and we want to encourage them to follow their dreams and contribute to the success of the tourism industry.”
The scholarship will be awarded annually going forward in conjunction with the Richmond Region Open.
“The RMCVB Foundation Scholarship creates a source of funds that will provide numerous benefits to the hospitality management students and enable those qualified to defray some of the overhead expenses related to being a college student,” said Dr. Deanne Williams-Bryant, chair of the Hospitality Department at Virginia State University (VSU). “This will translate into positive outcomes for the hospitality industry in the long run.”