Scholarships

Foundation of NACE Scholarship Opportunities

The Foundation of NACE advances the catering and events industry through scholarships that help both future and current professionals. Since 2008, The Foundation of NACE has awarded more than $100,000.00 those pursuing or advancing careers in catering and events. These scholarships provide aid that supports tuition, travel, leadership training and professional development to those who want a career in the catering and events industry.

  • Vince DeFinis Scholarship
    • The Vince DeFinis Scholarship Program honors the founder of the first NACE chapter, Vincent DeFinis, CPCE, of NACE in Philadelphia, and is designed to offer support to undergraduate students in the hospitality industry who demonstrate leadership abilities.
    • One recipient will be awarded a scholarship package valued at more than $7,000.00.
  • The Foundation of NACE Scholarship
    • The Foundation of NACE Scholarship provides support to student members and members in the hospitality industry who demonstrate leadership abilities.
    • Two recipients will be awarded a scholarship package valued at $3,750.00 each.
  • The Patti J Shock Scholarship – This scholarship is providing in partnership with The International School of Hospitality (TISOH), provides funding for the Meeting and Events Catering Certificate program (classroom or online) offered by The International School of Hospitality. One recipient will be awarded a scholarship package valued at $1,800.00 which covers tuition and fees for the program (textbooks are not included).

View past winners here.

Contact

Questions? Contact foundation@nace.net.

Meet Our 2020 Scholarship Winners!

Vince DeFinis Scholarship


Casey Cramer
Student, Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston
Member, NACE Houston Chapter and the Houston University Student Chapter of NACE

“The scholarship allows me to attend to my studies, continue to work part-time, and volunteer while making a difference for students and my career.”

Foundation of NACE Scholarship

Bailey Michaels
Student, Northern Arizona University
Member, NACE Phoenix Chapter and the Northern Arizona University Student Chapter of NACE

“I’m confident that NACE will continuously aid in building my leadership qualities and remain an important aspect of my life.”

Foundation of NACE Scholarship

Gabrielle Mourino
Senior Account Manager, The Imprint Group
Member, NACE Orlando Chapter

2019 Scholarship Winners

Vince DeFinis Scholarship

Brogen Woodward
Student, Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston,
Member, NACE Houston Chapter and the Houston University Student Chapter of NACE

Foundation of NACE Scholarship

Anna Oakes
Student, Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston
Member, NACE Houston Chapter and the Houston University Student Chapter of NACE

Foundation of NACE Scholarship

Anish Sharan
Student, Widener University
Member, Philadelphia/South Jersey/Delaware Chapter and the Widener University Student Chapter of NACE

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