NEWH and Hospitality Design Announce the Diversity in Hospitality Scholarship


The Diversity in Hospitality scholarship, a partnership between the Hospitality Diversity Action Council (HDAC) and NEWH, and underwritten by Emerald, works to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in and access to the hospitality industry by supporting students who identify with under-represented and minority groups and are interested in careers in the industry. The scholarship is open to domestic and international students who are actively enrolled in an approved two-year, four-year, or graduate-level program. Students must hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and be majoring in and with a career objective within a hospitality-related field (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, etc.). Applications are due by June 1st, and a $5,000 scholarship awardee will be honored at an NEWH breakfast at HD Expo + Conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine. Attendance is encouraged.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Scholarships page at

About the HDAC
The mission of the Hospitality Diversity Action Council (HDAC) is to be a catalyst for addressing the issues of systemic and institutionalized racism which has contributed to the lack of diversity within the hospitality industry. Through demonstrated leadership, as well as collaboration with the community, HDAC will work toward the creation of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable industry through the implementation of programs, scholarships, and initiatives that promote and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within all facets of the hospitality ecosystem. HDAC members include: Bashar Wali, This Assembly; Aaron Anderson, The 26 Co; Nina Grondin, Curioso; Angela Clarke, Marriott; Julien Albertini, Aesthetique; Kimberly Jackson, AvroKO; designer Kenya Jones; Ming Thompson, Atelier Cho Thompson; Meredith Zimmerman, RLJ Lodging Trust; Damon Lawrence, Homage Hospitality; Kathianna Rousseau, Rockwell Group; Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet, Determined by Design; and Vaki Mawema, Gensler. In addition to the Diversity in Hospitality Scholarship, HDAC is working on many other initiatives, including an Awards of Excellence in diversity, mentorship and school programs, and a database of Black-owned and -run hospitality design, architecture, purchasing, and manufacturer companies. The Council is also talking to other likeminded groups to form stronger partnerships and results.