When I was growing up, my parents often reminded me that education was a passport to the world. They encouraged my brother and me to pursue college degrees and instilled in us continuing thirst for knowledge. They were also committed to building and investing in the lives of other young people and helping develop future leaders.
In 2007, to honor my parents’ memory and vision, we formed the Marriott Scholars Program. Through this program, Marriott partnered with the Hispanic College Fund and the United Negro College Fund to encourage and help students explore the many opportunities in the hospitality industry. This relationship is a wonderful blend of Marriott’s commitment to educational opportunities and diversity.
Brayan is joining a global workforce of 300,000 managed and franchised associates who are from dozens of nations and speak more than 50 languages. He is going to learn a lot from this talented, diverse group. Plus, with hotels in 70 countries and growing, associates like Brayan have the chance to move around with us and see the world.
I know that college is expensive. Fortunately, for smart, hard-working students like Brayan, there are scholarships and grants that can help defray or eliminate some of the cost to attend college. And that’s why we created the Marriott Scholars Program. We are committed to providing educational opportunities for students who want to pursue a range of hospitality careers, and help them start down the path to a management position.
Congratulations, Brayan. On behalf of Marriott associates around the world, we welcome you to the Marriott family!
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.