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Montgomery College Awarded $480,000 Grant from J. Willard  and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Gift to Provide Scholarships and Program Enhancements for Hospitality Program

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation has approved a $480,000 grant over four years to the Montgomery College Foundation in continued support of the hospitality management program at Montgomery College. The Marriott Foundation’s renewed commitment will enable Montgomery College to increase enrollment in the hospitality management program while delivering high-quality education and producing a well-trained workforce for Marriott International

“With record enrollment at the College, the generous Marriott Foundation gift will enable us to offer more scholarships and upgrade the Marriott Hospitality Center to maintain its state-of-the-art status,” says Hospitality Management Program Director Janet Saros. “Enhancements will include a new stove and new technology so students can watch technique videos while working in the kitchen.”

The Marriott Hospitality Center and hospitality management program are located on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College. Students can receive an associate’s degree in hospitality management, a certificate in food and beverage management, or a certificate in meeting and conference planning. The curriculum is designed to provide a theoretical and practical approach to management in the hospitality industry. A balance of food and hotel classes along with management requirements make up the core of the program. The core is supplemented by general education requirements. Emphasis is placed on entry-level and mid-level hotel, food, and institutional administration, with practical experience and training acquired through part-time and summer employment in the hospitality industry. There are currently more than 160 declared majors in the program. For more information, please visit:

The Marriott Foundation’s latest commitment brings their total support to nearly $2 million. The foundation’s partnership has transformed Montgomery College’s small, but well-regarded, hospitality program into one of the premiere programs of its kind at the community college level. Since 2001, more than 100 students have received Marriott Scholarships. The Marriott Foundation has also helped Montgomery College establish a strong relationship with University Maryland Eastern Shore at Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, with the majority of transfer students to the hotel restaurant management program coming from Montgomery College.

Marriott International and the Marriott Foundation have also provided important volunteer leadership to Montgomery College. The late Thomas E. Ladd, senior vice president of government affairs at Marriott International, was a member of the board of directors of the Montgomery College Foundation from 1996 to 2007 (serving as the chair from 2004 to 2007). Anne Gunsteens, executive director of the Marriott Foundation, has been a board member of the Montgomery College Foundation since 2007. She also served as co-chair of the $25 million capital campaign and is serving as vice-chair of the board. At the May 2008 commencement ceremony, Montgomery College awarded J.W. “Bill” Marriott and Richard Marriott each an honorary associate of arts in public service degree.

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