Gratitude where due

Corinthia-sponsored scholarships 


“From my family to yours, thank you for  your blessing! You have enabled me to pursue higher education. Without your generosity, I would be unable to be a student in NYU. With three children in college, my mother has a great financial burden, but she has always stressed the importance of higher education. Truly, you are making a difference in our lives.” Miss Angeline Hey. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Ms Angelina Hey

These words, which are bound to touch the readers’ hearts, were addressed  by Ms Hey to Mr Alfred Pisani, when she was awarded a scholarship under The Alfred Pisani Corinthia Hotels Scholarship program.

Established in 2011, the Corinthia Scholarship Fund​ is used annually to award scholarship aid to two financially needy and deserving undergraduate students enrolled at the New York University School Of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality. It consists of two $10,000 scholarships awarded annually to deserving undergraduate students, one US student and one international student, with financial need who are pursuing degrees in the fields of hotel and tourism management. 

As of the end of the 2018 academic year, there were 10 scholars who benefited from this Corinthia Fund. Thanks to Corinthia, the students have been able to finish their degrees and pursue their career ambitions in the hospitality and tourism Industry. Over the years, the scholarship endowments from Corinthia have totaled  $100,000. 

Mr Alfred Pisani with the first students benefiting from the Corinthia Pisani Scholarships: Phillip Rogers and Genevieve Arnold.

The sterling educational work is in the most accomplished hands of the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, which has prepared global leaders in the dynamic, expanding industries of travel, tourism , and hospitality for more than 20 years. The Centre provides a widely recognized front line undergraduate and graduate degree and noncredit Career Advancement Courses and Professional Diplomas. Its forte, or should I say fortissimo, lies in its deep commitment  to prepare its students for life by integrating theory with practice. It is not an overstatement to say that the NYUSPS Tisch Center is the perfect environment for an academic experience that prepares professionals for careers in hospitality and tourism. Students have access to the extraordinary resources of New York University, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions and provides students with the tools to enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, tourism, and sports. For more information, visit

NYU Tisch Center is also the organizer and host of the annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, which is an extremely prestigious conference in the global hospitality industry.  Students of the Tisch Center have access to this major industry networking experience, which sets NYU Tisch Center apart from other university hospitality programs.

Corinthia Hotels/ Alfred Pisani Scholarship Program in the Tourism & Hospitality field are naturally proud to be associated with such a prestigious institution as New York University and to join other major global hospitality brands that support the NYU Tisch Center.

Corinthia have deservedly attracted very complimentary remarks from Dr Nicolas Graf, Associate Dean of the NYU Tisch Center: “We are deeply grateful to Corinthia and Mr. Pisani for making this incredible financial resource available to our students. This scholarship program is truly a reflection of the Tisch Center’s mission to provide access and opportunity for those seeking to pursue a career in our fields.”

 It is very heartening to know that the endowments are money well spent and create fertile ground in the hearts and minds of others. In this vein its is therefore fitting to quote Ms Anita Yang from Palisades Park, New Jersey, another scholarship recipient: 

“ Thank you very much for the scholarship! The scholarship allowed me to take on an unpaid internship, which gave me confidence in the form of a confirmation of my academic performance and encouraged me to do my best in the hospitality industry.”

Ms Anita Yang

As the great John F. Kennedy said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” It’s good to see these words have not been blown away with the wind.