Degree student wins prestigious North American scholarship

Amber Jones, a third-year student in Niagara College’s Bachelor of Applied Business – Hospitality Operations Management degree, is the recipient of a prestigious Roy B. Evans Scholarship, an award given to a North American student by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

The PCMA’s Roy B. Evans Scholarship is limited to two recipients each year, and provides $7,500 for the academic year. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic achievement, an essay submission, relevant experience in the meetings industry and involvement with the PCMA.

Jones worked as a photographer before deciding to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. She has worked at a hotel in Ireland and has completed a co-op placement with Vintage Hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake. She recently started a six-month co-op placement with the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation as the Project Manager for the Art on Water project.

“Through Niagara College’s degree program I feel I’ve been introduced to so many career possibilities, and I’ve been lucky enough to find my calling in the meetings and events sector of the industry,” she said. “Through my studies, and my co-op placement, I have gained a remarkable amount of skills that I will take with me as I pursue my career.”

“Amber has distinguished herself not only in our program, but among hospitality students across North America,” said Janet Jakobsen, a professor in the BABH program and active member of PCMA. “In addition to helping with the cost of her education, this scholarship is a huge benefit because it raises her profile as an aspiring events professional among one of the industry’s largest professional organizations.”

Based in Chicago, IL, PCMA represents more than 6,000 meeting industry leaders from 17 chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Its members include planner professionals, suppliers, faculty and students.

Niagara College’s Bachelor of Applied Business – Hospitality Operations Management program is a four-year applied bachelor’s degree that combines the theoretical with hands-on learning, including two six-month co-op placements. Graduates of this program are well prepared for specialized and management positions in all areas of the rapidly-expanding hospitality industry. Their success, in industry and at the graduate studies (MBA) level, is being demonstrated worldwide.

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