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Morrisville State student receives hospitality scholarship

MORRISVILLE, NY—Morrisville State student, Vanessa Connally, of Morrisville, was recently awarded the Skål Albany Hospitality Scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship is based on academic achievement and campus involvement.

Connally, a senior in the college’s resort and recreation service management bachelor degree program, is active on the Morrisville State campus, serving as vice president of the student government organization, a resident assistant and student activities assistant. Additionally, she is a student ambassador in the college’s Admissions Office and student philanthropy chairperson in the Office of Institutional Advancement.

An active member of the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA), Connally also excels academically. She was inducted into the Eta Sigma Delta International Honor Society and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a past recipient of the Destinations of NY Scholarship.

A certified meeting and convention planner, Connally, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, gained additional experience in the hospitality industry working at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, in Liverpool.

A 2011 graduate of Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School, in Far Rockaway, Connally is the daughter of Jacqueline Rowe, of Queens.

Skål International is a professional organization of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. With more than 17,000 members, it is the only international group that unites all branches of the travel and tourism industry.

Morrisville State sets the world in motion for students. Curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The college was recognized, by U.S. News and World Report, in its top tier Best Regional Colleges list and ranked second among regional colleges nationwide for outperforming its anticipated graduation rate. Visit to experience, Morrisville in motion.