Marriott on the Move



Celebrating the First Graduate of the Marriott Scholars Program

Posted: December 6, 2010 04:20:55 PM

Brayan Melo (L) and his mentor David DiFalco 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.

And now, after three years, I’m excited to tell you about Brayan Melo, the first student to graduate from the Marriott Scholars program.  Brayan was awarded a scholarship through the Hispanic College Fund and recently graduated from Buffalo State College with a 3.8 grade point average - that’s better than mine when I was in college!  He received two job offers when he finished school…lucky for us, he chose Marriott.  He now holds a management position at one of our hotels in New York City.  He’ll learn all about hotel operations by working in each department, which will teach him more about what he likes to do and what he does best. 

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.

Celebrating the First Graduate of the Marriott Scholars Program


Posted By: Douglas Burnett (12/06/2010 at 05:07 PM)

Am I correct in my reading of this that it only applies to Hispanic and Negro students?

Posted By: bruce skelley (12/06/2010 at 09:07 PM)

Wonderful & much needed.... Congratulatins to Brayan & Mr. Marrriot!!!!

Posted By: Javier (12/06/2010 at 10:10 PM)

That´s the kind of behaviour a company like Marriott must show. It´s nice to hear that the effort is compensated with a good position for the people who endeavours. Where can I find more information about this programm?

Thank you very much in advance for your answer

PD: Mr. Melo made the right choise, without any kind of doubt

Posted By: Danielle (12/07/2010 at 02:37 PM)


Posted By: Juliette Adams (12/07/2010 at 05:25 PM)

Mr. Marriott:

Excellent blog on the proactive steps of MARRIOTT with its value system of education and social responsibility in providing the financial opportunity for minority groups.

Education which you know is pivotal to the advancement of any society. No wonder the ancient Mayans are of such wonder, and the 2012 conclusion of their calendar has activated such great global awareness. Should I dare say education both formal and informal leads us into a path of infiniteness and closeness with the Universe?

As you may know many scholarly African Americans refer to the Anglo-Caribbean as the “intelligential” of the region. Hence, you would embrace my enthusiasm and respect for the educational perspective of MARRIOTT. Thus my perpetual concern for the inactivity of a major overhaul of the US educational system. One of my contributions was writing to Secretary Duncan on October 16, 2009 to share my concern.

As I shared with him: “My boldness and sense of urgency originates firstly from the CNN March 23, 2009 interview of Fareed Zakira with Bill and Melinda Gates on the Topic: Fixing the Education Business, and secondly to the looming 2010 socio-economic challenges facing the nation when 75 million baby boomers start to retire. My concern, sincere enthusiasm and futuristic outlook are largely due to my native socio-cultural background where education was promoted as truly: “No Child Will Be Left Behind” From Mr. Zakira CNN interview I describe myself as a “Golden Age” teacher with the dual experience from the Caribbean and the US from the level of Headstart to 1st year college including the Arts, Natural and Social Science.”

Hence it is of no surprise to read Secretary Duncan reaction: “We have to see this as a wake up call” on the recent Program for International Student Assessment PISA test results where the US came in 23rd or 24 in most subjects (New York Times).

Thanks for doing your part and being an educational beacon in the minority world, as you “Keep Marriott on the Move.”

Posted By: boyin (12/08/2010 at 03:05 AM)

Congrats for Marriott Scholars program! really keen to find out about this program.

Posted By: Scott A. Livingston (12/08/2010 at 10:14 AM)

Marriott Corp,
I am staying at the Doral Residence Inn, 1212 82nd ave, Doral, FL, I would just like to give a quick thanks to the helpful and friendly staff at this Residence Inn, they have made my stay enjoyable. the manager has also been very helpful. thanks for all. Scott Livingston room #****

Posted By: Joyce Preston (12/09/2010 at 07:32 PM)

Hello Mr. Marriott,I met you many years ago, when I worked for Mariner Corp (now Remington Hotel Corporation)I was the receptionist then eventually became his assistant/office manager.Just wanted to say Hello after all these years.Archie Sr.still sends me Christmas letters, even though I left in 1991.
Sincerely,Joyce Happy Holidays!

Posted By: Liliya Goranova (12/11/2010 at 09:36 AM)

I came accross Your blog while looking for some info on hotels in Berlin but this looks great and much needed! Congrats!

Posted By: Barbara Y. T. (12/14/2010 at 09:41 AM)

During a recent stay in the J. W. Marriott, Canal St, New Orleans, I encountered a phenomenal associate by the name of Alfred ******. There were two large events in town and the hotel was completely booked. Under normal circumstances the request we made at check-in would have been honored, but because of the capacity they were not able to accommodate our needs. Alfred was assisting us with our luggage when he over heard my conversation on how disappointed I was in the service we received. He personally apologize and made a personal commitment to make our stay a pleasant one. From that moment until checkout, we felt like the only guest in the hotel. My opinion regarding the level of service was completely turned around by Alfred. So much so, I will always consider the Marriott chain during future lodgings. Alfred is a great asset to your company and I hope he will be recognized for his commitment to customer service. My sincere thanks to you for employing people like Alfred who genuinely care about their guest and the perception of the hotel.

Posted By: Ena Park (12/15/2010 at 05:32 AM)

How can I get more information this program??
It's a good chance to be improved the skills and experience.

Posted By: Alem Abebe (12/15/2010 at 07:31 PM)

How can I get information about marriott scholars program please I need help I love to go school.

Posted By: Irene (12/27/2010 at 09:25 AM)


Posted By: Irene (12/27/2010 at 09:27 AM)

Marriot also offer scholar in our school! Thank you so much for doing those things to enourage us@@!! Love Marrrot!

Posted By: Irene (12/27/2010 at 09:28 AM)

And I also want to know more about marriott scholars program~~Thanks

Posted By: O.rodriguez (12/27/2010 at 09:41 AM)

Excelente programa digno de la dirección Merriott, un ejemplo de empresas en el mundo. Desde Venezuela.

Posted By: wienzer salomon (01/02/2011 at 04:42 AM)

marriott es un gran modelo para el futuro congratulation

Posted By: Brendan Ben Feeney (01/09/2011 at 09:49 PM)

Dear Mr. Marriott--

Five stars to the Stamford, CT Marriott for riding out the Blizzard of 2010 the day after Christmas. The hotel was filled with guests. Staff were asked to stay over since other staff members were stranded. Some guest were not that nice and rather pushy. Me? I enjoyed the snow. You know my reputation as an art photographer, so I shot night photograhy of the storm from my window. The staff at the concierge lougne were very helpful, friendly and accomidating the toward the guests--- yet some guests were demanding. The storm sort of pushed their nutty buttons. Did they not know this was the 6th largest snow storm to hit the NY CT area in years? Hats of to Stamford CT Spa hotel's college intern. He performed all sorts of extra tasks. And the manager of the hotel personally called my room and made sure my stay was comfortable. Kindly contact Mr. (Name witheld) to note I am returning this week. In closing, hats off to all who did an exceptional job, especially Omar who lined up transportation for me daily to and from New York City despite 20 inches of snow. Also praise the inter who is learning the business in a real life setting---a blizzard with hungry demanding guests. Such is life. Your loyal Silver Elite member. Brendan Ben Feeney

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