Cheyney University Names Hyatt Corporation Industry Partner of the Year

By on May 14, 2015

Education and career readiness is one of the four pillars of Hyatt Thrive, our corporate responsibility platform.  Through our longstanding partnership with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Consortium – Hospitality Management, Hyatt has the privilege of playing a part in the development of future hoteliers attending HBCU institutions.  Recently, Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education, celebrated their 40th anniversary and honored Hyatt Corporation as their 2015 Industry Partner of the Year.

Alumni and students of Cheyney University

Alumni and students of Cheyney University at the 40th Anniversary celebration

To date, Hyatt Corporation has gifted Cheyney University with more than $20, 000 dollars.  These funds were used to support both the university and the students obtaining degrees in Hotel, Recreation, and Tourism Management.  Some of the programs sponsored by Hyatt included:

  • A professional dress grant for HRTM students.  Each student received a stipend and was outfitted with appropriate attire to ensure they were interview-ready and would feel even more confident during their interviews for career opportunities and internships.
  • Travel to the national conference of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, where students had the opportunity to interview with industry leaders and secured offers for both internships and management training programs.
  • The Hyatt – HBCU Bridge Program for High School Students:  Utilizing funds from Hyatt, Cheyney University provided a week long experience to area high school students.  A robust agenda for the week was designed to expose students to both the university offerings and career paths within the hospitality industry.  The program provides a platform for recruitment, allowing the university to further attract potential students and ensure the growth of their Hotel, Recreation, and Tourism Management program.
Hyatt's partnership with Cheyney University supports the professional development of these future industry leaders.

Hyatt’s partnership with Cheyney University supports the professional development of these future industry leaders.

At Hyatt, we care for people so they can be their best.  Our university partnerships are most meaningful because they grant us the opportunity to support others in their pursuit of achieving their fullest potential.  Happy 40th anniversary to Cheyney University!  We look forward to continued collaboration.



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