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Students earn Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation scholarships

South Dakota State University students Aryanna Mulroy and Kenna Foss have received scholarships from the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation.

“We are very proud of them,” said Kendra Kattelmann, who leads the Department Health and Nutritional Sciences. “Earning the merit-based scholarships demonstrate outstanding academic achievement of our students. Our accredited hospitality management program implements quality curriculum and helps students succeed in and after college. The scholarships are one of the many examples of student success from the hospitality management program.”

Aryanna Mulroy
Aryanna Mulroy

Mulroy, a senior from Belle Plaine, Minnesota, is receiving the South Pier Inn Scholarship. A hospitality management major, she is minoring in management and events and facilities administration. Mulroy, a four-time recipient of Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation scholarships, hopes to start her career in event management after graduation.

“I am so grateful to have received a scholarship from the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation once again this year,” Mulroy said. “I have received a scholarship the past four years and could not thank all of the scholarship donors enough. They have supported me every year throughout my college career—even helping me to be able to study abroad.”

Kenna Foss
Kenna Foss

Foss is a junior from Hampton, Minnesota, and is majoring in hospitality management and minoring in in management, events and facilities administration, leadership and marketing. Foss is the recipient of the Augeo Marketing Scholarship. She is an intern this summer with Great Shots in Sioux Falls. After graduation in the spring 2023, Foss hopes to start her career in private club management or event management.

“I am extremely grateful to be one of the recipients of the Hospitality Minnesota scholarships because of the support behind them and it makes me excited to start my career in the industry and have these connections early on,” Foss said.

SDSU’s hospitality management program had a 100% retention rate for the 2019-2020 academic year and 94.12% of its students were employed in the hospitality industry or a related field upon graduation.