Hospitality Student Scholars
Carnival Gold Scholars
The Carnival Corporation has established a scholarship program to support the educational endeavors of first-time college students at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The Carnival Scholars program was established to support five renewable, full-tuition scholarships (including tuition, fees, room, board, books, academic tutoring, etc.) of up to $20,000 per year each to five qualifying students in the Chaplin School.
John Simpson graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School on the Principal’s Honor Roll with a 4.27 GPA serving as president of both DECA and Model United Nations. John also served as captain of the varsity volleyball team and co-president of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. At the time of his interview, John was juggling three industry-related positions while excelling in his studies.
Heissel Mayorga graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School on the Principal’s Honor Roll with a 4.1 GPA. Heissel challenged herself academically, taking multiple college-level courses, while actively engaging in the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, DECA, French Honor Society, and varsity soccer. Heissel’s professional interests include the hotel/lodging industry and human resources.
Destinee Gutierrez graduated from Alonzo & Tracy Mourning High School with a 3.54 GPA; her academics included college-level coursework and hospitality studies. Destinee was heavily involved with the Academy of Tourism where she was awarded a trip to Russia to collaborate on a hospitality design project. Destinee has also been involved with Career Clubs of Florida, Nordstrom, and now the Hospitality Student Leadership Council. Destinee aspires to lead in the travel/tourism industry.
Deborah Sanchez graduated from J.P. Taravella High School with a 4.51GPA and has been actively involved in National Junior Honors Society, Student Government Association, and DECA. Deborah has been recognized as the first runner-up in the DECA Career Development State Conference for her exceptional abilities in customer service. Deborah hopes to excel in the hotel/lodging industry.
Dalila Pineda graduated from Southwest Miami High School with a 3.31 GPA and has a passion for community engagement, as evident in her four-year role as a child mentor in the Big Brother Big Sister program. Dalila shares her leadership abilities with the Miami-Dade Police Department where she currently serves as the captain of the Police Explorer Program. Dalila aspires to follow her parent’s footsteps and be a leader in the hotel/lodging industry.
Students John Simpson, Heissel Mayorga, Dalila Pineda, Deborah Sanchez, and Destinee Gutierrez are Carnival Gold Scholars for 2015. The scholarships will help the students begin their academic careers in hospitality at the Chaplin School (students are pictured from left to right wearing their medals). Read more
Marvah V. Benjamin
Marvah Benjamin is a past recipient of the Hospitality Excellence Award and serves as the President of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) at the South Broward High School. An honor roll student and a peer advisor, she is also a member of the National Academy Foundation and the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism.
Kristen Ayana Linton
A graduate of Coral Glades High School, Kristen Linton and has a clear passion for the hospitality industry with a focus on culinary management. In 2012, she volunteered at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival and assisted with the healthy eating live demos. A supporter of the Integrity Children’s Fund walk, Kristen helped raise funds for schools in Jamaica as part of her community involvement.
Erick B. Magloire
Erick B. Magloire is a past recipient of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Excellence in Education Scholarship, a two-time district winner and a one –time state winner of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) competitions. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the South Broward High School DECA chapter, and is a member of the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism.
Andrea Martinez – Bustamante graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School with a 5.2 GPA and has a passion for the hospitality industry, with a focus on event management. She spends her time volunteering for non-profit organizations dedicated to improving children’s lives, such as YOUTHMove, Camillus House, Miami Children’s Museum and Miami Children’s Hospital. A freshman as of Fall 2014, Andrea will be pursuing a B.S. in Hospitality Management.
Kandys Adeline Temes
As a past recipient of the Superintendent’s Outstanding Student Volunteer Award for Broward County Schools, Kandys Temes spends her spare time organizing fundraising events to benefit various educational programs for children in Broward County. As a student, she served as a chapter member of the Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) and was an executive producer of the Cooper City High CTV TODAY Morning Show. A member of the National Honor Society, Kandys also serves as the Chairperson of TerraCycle Committee, with the goal of promoting sustainable practices in her community.