November 9, 2021

New York University Announces the Establishment of Two Scholarships for Graduates of Historically Black Colleges or Universities to Pursue Graduate Education at the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality

The Loews Hotels Scholarship and the Jonathan M. Tisch Scholarship will provide financial support for students who might otherwise not be able to pursue a graduate degree in the fields of global hospitality management, event management or travel and tourism management

New York, NY – Today, during the 43rd Annual NYU Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, held at the New York Marriott Marquis, Nicolas Graf, Jonathan M. Tisch Chaired Professor and associate dean, announced two new full scholarships that will be created through the generous support of Loews Hotels & Co and its Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Tisch. The Loews Hotels Scholarship and the Jonathan M. Tisch Scholarship, will be bestowed annually upon two graduates of Howard University and/or other Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU), who seek to pursue a master’s degree at the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality. The students who will receive this tuition assistance will be known as the Loews Hotels Scholar and the Jonathan M. Tisch Scholar, respectively.

“These scholarships will serve to ensure that diversity and inclusion, which are core values of the hospitality industry and the Tisch Center, remain at the forefront of all that we do to prepare the next generation of industry professionals. They will provide students from HBCUs with the opportunity to gain the graduate education and build the network they need to prepare for careers in the C-suite,” said Associate Dean Graf.

Jon Tisch, who earlier this year made a transformational gift to the Tisch Center of Hospitality to establish the Jonathan M. Tisch Endowed Chair, is a philanthropist who is a staunch supporter of higher education and a true believer in its ability to empower individuals from all walks of life to reach their full potential. “Providing the means for students from historically underrepresented groups to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to lead successful careers, is the greatest investment we can make in their future and in the future of this industry,” he said.

“We are incredibly grateful to Jon Tisch for his continued generosity and for his and Loews Hotels’ commitment to our students. Their gifts and the scholarships they will fund, will help to ensure the equitable outcomes that are so critically important for the hospitality industry and for society as a whole,” said Angie Kamath, dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies. “On behalf of the School and our students, I thank Loews and Jon for all that they do to make our programs accessible to all.”

About the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, celebrating more than 25 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of hospitality, travel, and tourism. Founded in 1995, the Tisch Center was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. Its cutting-edge curricula attract bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields.

Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees in hospitality industry studies, tourism management, and event management; a plethora of Professional Pathways programs; and its world-renowned hospitality investment conference, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, travel, and tourism. The Tisch Center recently launched the Hospitality Innovation Hub (HI Hub) that will foster entrepreneurship and creative solutions for the industries it serves. The state-of-the-art facilities offer students, start-ups, established industry partners, and investors opportunities to learn, discover, innovate, and invest.

For more information about the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, visit

PR Office Contacts

Paola Curcio-Kleinman