15 Purdue Calumet students receive White Lodging Future Leaders scholarships

Fifteen Purdue University Calumet students have been selected 2012-13 White Lodging Hospitality & Tourism (HTM) Management Future Leaders scholarship recipients.

The $3,000 academic year awards, supported by the Dean & Barbara White and Bruce & Beth White Family Foundations, seek to advance the hospitality and tourism management industry through education.

Scholarship recipients are: Natalie Chaplin of Munster; Catherine Fotia, Schererville; Rebecca Galinis, Merrillville; Jacqueline Herrera, Highland; Cong Lu, Tianjin, China; Francisco Madrigal, Melrose Park, Ill.; Suki Martinez, Hobart;  Brian Ociepka, Crown Point; Brett Ociepka, Crown Point; Jessica Oxford, Indianapolis; Brooke Smith, Cedar Lake; Katherine Snowdon, Highland; Brian Vos, Griffith; Katie Wagila, Hammond; and Jamie Zeszutko, Highland.

“The generosity of the White family is providing our best hospitality and tourism management students with the necessary funding to complete their undergraduate education,” Michael Flannery, executive director of the Purdue University Calumet White Lodging Center for Hospitality and Tourism Management, said. “These scholarships will enable many talented students to achieve their educational goals in a timely manner and strengthen our Northwest Indiana hospitality industry.”

Selection of the recipients was based on academic achievement and being a positive role model within the hospitality and tourism management program.

Purdue Calumet’s hospitality and tourism management program offers baccalaureate and associate degrees, minors and professional certificates that provide a business foundation for students preparing for management and other supervisory positions in restaurant, lodging, travel, tourism, gaming, recreation and event planning industries.

Seated, from left: Jacqueline Herrera, Jessica Oxford, Natalie Chaplin and Jamie Zeszutko. Standing, from left, Academic Advisor Chynisse Browder, Brian Ociepka, Francisco Madrigal, Catherine Fotia, Brooke Smith, Katherine Snowdon, Rebecca Galinis, Suki Martinez, Cong Lu, Katie Wagila, Brett Ociepka and Purdue Calumet Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management Executive Director Michael Flannery.