I'm blogging from the road today. I'm in San Antonio for a Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites General Managers' meeting. We had almost 850 people in our auditorium this morning and boy, are they enthusiastic about the future of the business and the way their properties are doing.
I've always loved San Antonio. It's a city that's so rich in history and culture. It has a very heavy Hispanic influence and we have a lot of diversity in this city and in our company. And I want to see that diversity continue to be reflected in the senior management of our company. That's why we're helping minority students who want to study hotel management, culinary, or food and beverage go to college and prepare for their career.
Marriott has teamed up with the Hispanic College Fund and the United Negro College Fund to offer these students up to $9,000 per year towards their tuition. But getting into college is only half the battle. Staying in and earning a degree - that's what really counts. So our managers in the hotels - our corporate executives, too - are going to be happy to mentor, provide career guidance and internships to make sure that these kids have an opportunity to succeed.
And me? Well, I'm always happy to share my family story with the next generation. So I'll look forward to meeting this new group of Marriott Scholars as soon as they can get there. It's how we keep Marriott on the move.