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2023 Vince DeFinis Scholarship Recipient


Ha Tram Ngu
University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College
Houston, TX

"I am honored to be the recipient of the 2023 Vince DeFinis Scholarship. I will use this scholarship to complete my education and better participate in the countless opportunities NACE has to offer.  I am deeply motivated and inspired by not only the NACE Houston professional and student chapter but also by NACE National and the Foundation of NACE. One last word, I am forever grateful for NACE, the scholarship, the journey as the Secretary of the NACE UH Chapter, and especially all connections that NACE brought to me. Every individual person who has stepped into my life means a lot to me in my journey to be a young hospitality professional."

2023 Foundation of NACE Scholarship Recipients


Stephanie Olivares, CPCE
San Antonio, TX

“It is an honor to receive the 2023 Foundation of NACE Scholarship. NACE has been instrumental in the advancement of my career and I look forward to the opportunities provided by the scholarship to continue learning and growing my network, while helping to mentor future leaders in the catering and events community. Thank you again to the Foundation of NACE for their support in helping NACE members achieve their goals.”

Ariana Silva
Cypress, TX

“I am extremely grateful to the Foundation of NACE for choosing me as their 2023 scholarship recipient. This scholarship will not only allow me to further my knowledge of the hospitality industry by attending the Experience conference in Dallas but will provide me with countless resources and tools that I can use both personally and professionally. I hope that my efforts as a mentor and a leader have inspired others to see the benefits of joining this organization and the amazing opportunities it has to offer!”

2023 Jo C. Dermid Scholarship Recipient

Julie Teran, CPCE
Minneapolis, MN

“I have been in the hospitality industry since I was 14, and in the 1980s a college degree wasn't really needed to grow in our industry.  I see the professionals entering our industry now with degrees and certifications and so much more knowledge than I started with, and it makes me realize that I have missed out on an opportunity to improve myself and become better at what I love to do,   

This scholarship will enable me to study for and earn the CPCE designation.  I am excited to learn more about the core competencies that I don't have as much experience in, as a catering sales manager, and broaden my viewpoint as an event professional. I know what I know, and this designation is a shortcut for those who haven't worked with me (yet!) to trust that I know what I'm doing!

I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and look forward to joining the next CPCE Study Group to begin the journey of earning a CPCE this year.”

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