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NYU-SCPS Tisch Center Students Kanupriya Bhargava and Athene Kim Receive Alfred Pisani Corinthia Hotels Scholarships

29 July, 2013 – Kanupriya Bhargava and Athene Kim, seniors in the B.S. in Hotel and Tourism Management, offered by the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), have been selected as the recipients of the second annual Alfred Pisani Corinthia Hotels Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Scholarship was established by Alfred Pisani, founder and group chairman of Corinthia Hotels, to meet the financial needs of deserving undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in hotel and tourism management. Each scholarship is $10,000.

Bhargava, a New Jersey native and daughter of Indian immigrants, is an active member of the Tisch Center community. Through an internship she completed at the Cannes Film Festival, she decided that her future career in the hospitality industry would need to encompass her deep appreciation for the arts. Upon graduation, she plans to travel and to work in several boutique hotels around the world in preparation for her ultimate career goal: to develop a global chain of boutique hotels that reflect the art and culture of each location.

Kim, a native Californian, transferred to the Tisch Center as a junior, after beginning her education as a global liberal studies major and then switching to pre-medical studies for her sophomore year. Along the way, she discovered her affinity for a career in service that could best be realized through employment in the hospitality industry. The Scholarship will allow her to accelerate her studies, while propelling her toward a career that combines her interests in service, in people, and in experiencing diverse cultures.

“We are very pleased to know that Corinthia Hotels can play a supportive role in assisting these talented young students in pursuing their education at the Tisch Center,” said Pisani.  “These scholarships provide them with the opportunity to fulfill their career ambitions in the field of tourism and hospitality.”   

“Kanu and Athene are extraordinarily deserving of this significant and prestigious recognition for which we are so grateful to Mr. Pisani,” said Tisch Center Divisional Dean Bjorn Hanson.