MSU senior receives Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship
Catherine Blankenship, a senior Hospitality and Restaurant Administration (HRA) major, won the 2012 Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship, one of the top scholarships offered by the hospitality industry. As the first place winner, Blankenship will receive $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.
The scholarship honors Arthur J. Packard, a third-generation hotelier, whose work for the American Hotel and Lodging Association extended over 30 years. Beginning in 1974, the Packard competition provides scholarships to the most outstanding student of lodging management and to two runners-up through an annual national competition among over 75 four-year hospitality programs.
The scholarships are awarded through the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Recipients were selected based on a combination of hospitality work experience, academic performance, activities, and financial need.
This is the third consecutive year that an MSU HRA student placed first or second for the Arthur J. Packard Award. Matthew Evans placed first in the country in 2011, and Alexander Schaeffer placed second in 2010.
Missouri State University's Department of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration is the only ACPHA-accredited program in the state of Missouri.