Hilton Foundation Awards $5 Million for Cornell SHA Initiatives

Hilton Foundation Awards $5 Million for Cornell SHA Initiatives

Cornell University has announced a five-year, $5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in support of financial aid and diversity and inclusion initiatives at the School of Hotel Administration.

The grant from the California-based foundation will support scholarships for at least five students annually for five years and increase the reach of the existing Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Scholarship to at least three students annually in perpetuity. The school also will use the funds to enhance recruitment initiatives in targeted underserved markets and provide scholarships to underrepresented and first-generation students so they can attend summer enrichment programs. In addition, current SHA students will benefit from academic and non-academic support as a component of their personal and professional development.

"Not only is providing financial aid support to our students a priority, it is also crucial that we invest in programs that ensure students' success," said Michael D. Johnson, the Bradley H. Stone Dean and E.M. Statler Professor at SHA. "We look forward to partnering with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in helping deserving students from all backgrounds access the hospitality-focused business education only available at [the School of Hotel Administration]."