FSU students earn AHLEF scholarships

BIG RAPIDS — The semester has just started at Ferris State University (FSU) and a few students may be groaning over loans and payment plans. Other students, however, are recent recipients of a variety of scholarships, such as the from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF).

Only 420 AHLEF scholarships were awarded this year, and four were received by FSU students. Becky Pioch, Emily VanTimmeren and Keri Frahm each earned a Hospitality 2000 Campaign Scholarship, while Jocelyn Hernandez earned a Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students Scholarship.

“It feels great,” Hernandez said about earning the scholarship. “It’s a great honor to be one of the four selected.”

Entering into her senior year at FSU, Hernandez, a first-generation student, had just applied for a payment plan to cover college costs when she received notification that she was an AHLEF scholarship recipient.

“I called my mom and told her she wouldn’t believe it,” Hernandez said. “This is a huge help.”

Hernandez said trying to pay tuition is difficult enough, but then to have book, access code and other supply costs, the total adds up quickly. She said with this scholarship, tuition for the year is no longer a concern.

After finishing her degree, Hernandez plans to pursue a career as a food and beverage director.

“I’ve always been intrigued with this degree,” she said, noting she completed culinary arts schooling last fall. “I plan to work as many jobs as I can to see how hotels run and branch off to specialize in food and beverage. I hope to merge food and beverage with catering. I think with my background, I have the knowledge to make a business grow and be efficient.”

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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