Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has awarded its first Black Hospitality Initiative (BHI) student scholarship as part of its partnership with BHI, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing economic participation and opening doors of opportunity for Blacks in the Greater Miami Hospitality Industry.
Johnson & Wales University student Maya B. Roberson — a Culinary Nutrition major who aspires to become a consulting private chef dietician — was selected for the scholarship, based on her academic achievement, industry experience, personal strengths and leadership.
As part of Southern Glazer’s philanthropic initiatives to help fight racial injustice and provide educational opportunities for Black students, the company announced last summer that it would fund the initiative’s scholarship program, and provide four scholarships a year for five years to students who meet the initiative’s scholarship criteria.
“We are thrilled to award the first of four student scholarships this year to Maya Roberson,” says Terence Goods, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “Southern Glazer’s partnership with the Black Hospitality Initiative is one of the many ways we are working to advance diversity in the hospitality industry, which we are laser-focused on achieving. Our involvement in this program also helps to build a pipeline of diverse, qualified candidates, who will keep Southern Glazer’s top of mind upon graduating. Investing in the next generation of hospitality professionals in our own backyard is essential not only to who we are as a Company, but also to the future of our industry.”
The Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Scholarship awarded to Roberson covers the cost of both her 2021 spring and fall semesters required to graduate in December 2021.
To qualify for the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Scholarship, students must be of African American descent and meet certain GPA standards while currently enrolled in hospitality and tourism programs at Miami Dade College, Johnson & Wales University, Florida International University, or Florida Memorial University.
Southern Glazer’s total contribution to BHI will award 15 hospitality student scholarships over the course of 15 semesters.
As part of the Company’s commitment to fighting racial inequality, Southern Glazer’s also recently created a new Endowed Scholarship Fund at Florida A&M University, and made a financial grant to the Equal Justice Initiative.