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Arne M. Sorenson Endowed Scholarship Fund


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Donate to the Arne M. Sorenson Scholarship Fund

In January of 2021, Howard University announced the creation of the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership.  The Center aims to diversity the C-Suite of the hospitality industry by building the next generation of leaders in the field.  The Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership will reside in the Howard University School of Business, one of the most diversity B-Schools (Bloomberg, 2021). 

The Arne M. Sorenson Endowed Scholarship Fund, will provide aide to students at Howard University who wish to pursue a degree in hospitality leadership.  The Fund serves as a mechanism for recruitment and retention for the Center.  The goal is to establish a $10M endowed fund, over three years, with the support of industry leaders as the primary component of the Center's comprehensive strategy to help address the dearth of African Americans in leadership positions and build a sustainable pipeline model for the future. 

Howard University students are amongst the brightest, and have the ability to create an everylasting legacy in the industry, like Arne.  A donation to the Scholarship Fund, will ensure that a financial burden does not prevent our students from developing their leadership skills at the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership, and provide co-curricular activities and mentorship.  

If you require assistance making a corporate contribution or have any questions about your gift, please contact Jennifer Coke at 202-250-7396 or 

About Arne M. Sorenson

Mr. Sorenson joined Marriott in 1996 and held a number of positions before becoming chief executive officer in 2012, making history as the first person to hold the post without the Marriott family name. Mr. Sorenson built his tenure on the bedrock of Marriott International’s core values: putting people first, pursuing excellence, acting with integrity, embracing change and serving our world. An outspoken corporate leader, Mr. Sorenson advocated for human rights, environmental sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Under his leadership, Marriott grew its long-standing and recognized commitment to welcoming all and ensuring inclusive opportunity.

Building off that legacy, the Marriott family foundation and Howard University will work together to form a hospitality industry advisory council to design a program that will draw on the university’s ideal location in the geographic heart of the hospitality industry—Greater Washington, D.C.—where Marriott and many other hospitality companies are headquartered. In addition to advising on the development of a world-class hospitality curriculum, the center’s advisory council members will serve as guest lecturers and mentors and provide hands-on learning opportunities for students. The council will include representatives from Howard, the Marriott family foundation and Marriott International as well as leaders from across multiple segments of the hospitality industry, association leaders and academics who together will develop a hospitality program focused on traditional and experiential learning opportunities. 

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