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Updated: Jan 15, 2020

Monday, January 6, 2020 3:00 PM by Rachel Laber from Visit Rochester

The Rochester Hotel Association (RHA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the David Crumb Excellence in Hospitality Scholarship.

The RHA awards several scholarships every year to Hospitality students from both Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology. The scholarship awarded by the RHA has been given out annually for over a decade. 

Since 1992, the RHA, has been an institution to help foster, develop and promote, the business of its fellow members. The association is a non-profit organization that allows the interchange of ideas and information, in order to support and protect the hotel industry in the Greater Rochester area.

"The Rochester Hotel Association and its membership are proud to present scholarships annually to hospitality students at RIT and MCC through funds raised at our annual golf tournament,” said Chris Mellone, Treasurer, Rochester Hotel Association. “We believe in the investment of education and want to support these students on their educational and professional journey.  All of the scholarship award winners currently work in various hospitality operations in town.  Our hope is that they will remain in the region to help bolster our reputation as a hospitality destination for years to come."

The scholarships to Rochester-area students were awarded at the December Visitor Industry Council meeting, hosted by Visit Rochester at the ROC Holiday Village.

The 2019 David Crumb Excellence in Hospitality Scholarship award winners are:

Brandon Schober, Monroe Community College – awarded $3,000

Two runner ups:

Karly Zanghi, Rochester Institute of Technology – awarded $2,000

Jeremy Wu, Rochester Institute of Technology– awarded $2,000

In partnership with the Visitor Industry Council, the RHA will continue to raise funds in 2020 for additional scholarships to be awarded. To learn more about supporting the RHA David Crumb Excellence in Hospitality Scholarship, please visit

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