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

NEW YORK, NY, July 22, 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.

About Corinthia Hotels
Corinthia is a collection of hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta. We are in our 50th year of business and growing. Corinthia is a family-inspired business, with family values underpinning the Spirit of Corinthia, meaning that we look out for one another, support one another and positively encourage one another. As a hotel business, we focus on giving honest, discreet service. We see ourselves as craftsmen in the world of hospitality, valuing authenticity, passion, precision and understanding. Each of the hotels and resorts we have created in some of the most exciting places in the world is a tribute to local architecture and cultural traditions. The Corinthia portfolio includes the newly-opened flagship Corinthia Hotel in London, as well as award-winning Corinthia Hotels in Budapest, Malta, Prague, St Petersburg, Tripoli and Lisbon. Corinthia Hotels is owned by International Hotel Investments (IHI), a publicly-traded company in Malta. CHI Hotels & Resorts Limited is a wholly-owned member of the IHI Group which manages Corinthia Hotels. For more information, please visit corinthia.com.

About the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management
Founded in 1995, the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. In 1999, the Tisch Center identified the increasing interest and need for sports business education and added programs on accordingly.

Hospitality, sports, and, tourism are major global economic sectors, and the Tisch Center serves these growing and evolving industries by offering relevant, cutting-edge curricula that attracts bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields. Through undergraduate degrees in hotel and tourism management and in sports management, graduate degrees and certificates in hospitality industry studies, sports business, and tourism management, a plethora of noncredit programs, and the Center’s world-renowned conferences, the Tisch Center provides students with the tools to enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, tourism, and sports. For more information, visit scps.nyu.edu/tisch.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.