Trenay Hayes, a junior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, recently received a $ 1,500 scholarship from the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality.
Hayes specializes in Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Humanities Department at UAPB.
The scholarship is funded by the Four Seasons Hotel and will help cover tuition, fees, books, and supplies this semester.
Suzzette Goldmon, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism at UAPB, said Hayes is a conscientious student and full of the energy to be successful in the industry.
“Trenay accepts and excels at any opportunity presented to him, even during the pandemic,” Goldmon said. “She knows how to listen, pays attention to detail and is reliable. As a teacher there is a great sense of accomplishment when a student’s eyes light up, they engage fully and the adrenaline soars throughout. completing a complicated task My satisfaction as an educator is driven by students like Trenay Hayes.
Hayes says she has enjoyed cooking since she was a child, and pursuing a hospitality education comes naturally to her.
“Ever since I was young people have always told me that I was a sociable person,” she said. “I want to be the reason someone smiles while eating a meal. I want to be the reason someone says, ‘I loved this place, I would like to come back’ when leaving a hotel.”
After graduating, Hayes hopes to become a restaurant owner or take up a managerial role in a restaurant chain. She enjoys networking with members of the hospitality industry and learning about the business side of the culinary industry.
“Everyone has a calling, and this is mine,” she said. “Being in the restaurant industry gives me the rare opportunity to travel a bit and bring people together around something as simple as food. “
She recommends that other UAPB students – not just those studying humanities – consider enrolling in hospitality and tourism management courses.
“Students who want to see more of the world and learn more about more cultures should definitely consider joining a few classes,” she said. “There is always a feeling of warm welcome, and I think everyone needs it. You can take a course without knowing anything about the hospitality industry and find out that this is your true calling. The hospitality industry is vast, so the opportunities are everywhere. “
Hayes is also a member of the Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South.
Bruce McGowan, dean / acting director of UAPB’s School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Humanities, said the school is proud of Hayes and his latest achievement.
“I hope this scholarship will keep Trenay rooted in the humanities department and prepare her for a fulfilling career in the hospitality and tourism profession,” he said.
Will Hehemann is a writer / editor at the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Humanities at UAPB.