Vince DeFinis Scholarship

Program Information

The Vince DeFinis Scholarship Program honors the founder of the first chapter, Vincent DeFinis, CPCE, of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is designed to offer support to undergraduate students in the hospitality industry who demonstrate future leadership abilities. Re-launched in 2016, the scholarship transformed from a traditional educational scholarship program to one that is focused on career development.

Scholarship winners will receive a package of robust career development tools designed to not only financially support their education, but will also provide multiple opportunities to interact with industry leaders and participate in NACE education throughout the year. The scholarship winner will receive a package valued at over $7,000, which will consist of:

  • Tuition Reimbursement: $4,000
  • 2021 NACE Experience registration: $800
  • 2021 NACE Experience Travel (air/hotel – room share): up to $900
  • 2021 NACE Evolve registration: $320
  • 2021 NACE Evolve Travel (air/hotel – room share): up to $600
  • 1-year Pre-paid Local NACE Chapter Meeting Fees: up to $500
  • 1-year NACE Student Membership: $50
  • NEW! Professional Mentorship Program

Who Can Apply?

Undergraduate students must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) in an accredited hospitality or related program.
  • Applicant’s graduation date must not be before May 2020, and applicants must have completed 30 credits.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must submit a resume and an essay (no more than 1000 words). The essay must answer the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing a career in catering or event management?
    • What kind of job would you like to gain after graduation?
    • What is your ultimate goal and/or dream job? What are your long-term goals and objectives?
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation (one from a catering or event company and one from a professor) as well as official transcripts for the previous two years.

The submission deadline has passed. Please e-mail foundation@nace.net with any questions.

Please note: By submitting this application, you confirm that if selected, you are able to and will attend the NACE Experience Conference in the award year (August 2021 in Las Vegas). You understand that if you fail to attend, your selection as winner of the scholarship will be revoked in its entirety.

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