Scholarship Winners

Each year, the Foundation of NACE awards two winners for their Scholarships and one winner for the Vince DeFinis Scholarship. Below are the winners from 2022.


Grace Schuler,
Philadelphia Chapter
Vince DeFinis Scholarship Winner

Grace Schuler

"As I work my way through Drexel University’s five-year hospitality management program, I will think of you often as it is thanks to you that I will be able to focus more on my classes and less on my financial situation. While it is a difficult time for everyone in the hospitality field due to the past two-plus years wreaking havoc on the industry, I am still motivated by the idea of developing events that resolve hard issues and find solutions for those in need. I believe with this career I can make a difference that can improve lives. It is also a great honor to be awarded a scholarship related to my chosen field and I appreciate you making it available through NACE."

Erin Dennis CPCE,
NACE Charlotte Chapter
Foundation of NACE Scholarship Winner

Erin Dennis

"I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the 2022 Foundation of NACE Scholarship. NACE has been a very special part of both my professional and personal life for the last 26 years. As, the longest member of our chapter, I am a mentor, leader, and connector to our members, and I am eager to share with my chapter everything I learn at the Experience Conference in Orlando.  I am truly grateful for this opportunity."

Melissa Darisay,
San Diego Chapter
Foundation of NACE Scholarship Winner

Melissa Dairsay

"I plan to use the scholarship to attend Experience 2022 and to take the necessary classes to study then take the CPCE exam this year.  I also plan on continuing my education and taking hospitality and leadership classes so that I can better participate on the San Diego NACE board of directors and mentor up-and-coming leaders."