Washington State University School of Hospitality Business Management and Fire & Vine Hospitality recently created the Fire & Vine scholarship in hospitality, awarding $ 10,000 each to seven students interested in a career in hospitality.
The scholarship aims to give underrepresented students a path to careers in an industry that lacks blacks, natives and people of color (BIPOC).
“The BIPOC community is under-represented in the hospitality industry, and we are delighted to partner with Fire & Vine Hospitality to help change that,” said Bob harrington, director of the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management. “As a college, we are committed to giving underrepresented students equal opportunities for academic and career success, and scholarships are a vital tool in that mission. “
Although Fire & Vine Hospitality has supported the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management for many years, their latest philanthropic efforts are specifically designed to support BIPOC students seeking to enter the hospitality industry.
“Our team wanted to do something meaningful and ongoing to show our commitment to creating additional pathways to opportunity,” said Chad Mackay, CEO of Fire & Vine Hospitality. “This scholarship is directly aimed at encouraging BIPOC students to pursue careers in hospitality and to bring a more diverse group of talents and voices to the industry. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.
The 2021 winners for the upcoming fall semester include:
- Landon Carter, freshman, WSU Pullman
- Gabriella Deason, junior, WSU Vancouver
- Luke Eiland, sophomore, WSU Pullman
- Alma Sarai Guerrero, second year, WSU Pullman
- Aolani Mendoza, freshman, WSU Pullman
- Sheridan Roberts, second year, WSU Pullman
- Amir Yasir, freshman, WSU Pullman
“This scholarship completely changes my financial situation,” Yasir said. “I want to own a hotel someday and I intend to use this scholarship to get me one step closer to that goal. Plus, getting a degree will show my three younger siblings that they could get one as well. “
“I hope to work in this field and I intend to pay this scholarship by making a difference in people’s lives with what I learn at WSU and my own experiences in hospitality,” Mendoza said. . “This award will take me one step closer to graduating and achieving my dream.”
Roberts, who pays for his own education in college, initially took a year off to work and develop a plan to move forward with his education and achieve his goal of working in the restaurant industry. “I cannot express enough how grateful I am to receive the scholarship,” she said. “I also started the Culinary Certificate program this fall, and that was just another added financial stress. The scholarship will leave me as free from any college debt as possible. “
Dedicated to supporting the causes of equal opportunities
Fire & Vine Hospitality provides operational leadership and support to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic restaurants and accommodations, including Revelers Club El Gaucho Seattle, Bellevue, Portland, Tacoma and Vancouver sites; AQUA by El Gaucho; Aerlume; Domaine des Caves de Bâle; Walla Walla Steak Co.; and Crossbuck Brewing.
In 2020, Fire & Vine donated the revenues of all of their establishments from Juneteenth – an annual holiday on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States – to the stock exchange. The company supports the cause of equal opportunity and is committed to exemplifying this in its dealings with customers, the community and with one another.