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Hotel Voice — February 19, 2020

Vito J. Pitta and Division A Programs Are Now Accepting Applications

The Vito J. Pitta scholarship program and the Hotel Trades Council Division A scholarship program are now accepting applications for their 2020 awards. These programs provide an outstanding opportunity for members’ children to supplement the ever growing high cost of college. That's why parents should not let their children miss out on the chance to enter these competitions! Last year a total of $408,000 (a record amount!) was awarded to 34 lucky — and very talented — graduating high school seniors.

The Vito J. Pitta Program

To be eligible to enter the Vito J. Pitta scholarship competition, applicants must be children or dependents of members who are employed in hotels or clubs that make contributions to this particular scholarship fund. In addition, applicants for the Vito J. Pitta scholarship competition must be high school seniors who will graduate in 2020 and will be attending an accredited four-year college or university in the fall of 2020.

Most non-Division A hotels participate in the Vito J. Pitta scholarship program. In addition, most private clubs covered by a Local 6 contract also participate in the Vito J. Pitta scholarship program.

The Division A Program

Children of Hotel Trades Council members employed in Division A hotels are NOT eligible for the Vito J. Pitta scholarship competition. Instead, they have a separate scholarship program. Applicants for the Hotel Trades Council Division A scholarship competition must also be high school seniors who will graduate in 2020 and will be attending an accredited four-year college or university in the fall.

A Great Success Story

As we have proudly noted before, the scholarship awards program is the largest college grant benefit provided anywhere in the world through a private sector union contract. It is also one of the most successful scholarship programs anywhere. Dating back to its first year, 1987, the program has awarded an impressive total of $8,760,000 in college grants to 1,078 children. Last year, winners receive awards of $12,000 apiece, paid in increments of $3,000 for each of the four years of college. We are proud to say that every previous scholarship recipient has either graduated college or graduate school, or is still receiving their college education.

Applying for the Awards

Applying for either the Vito J. Pitta or the Division A scholarship competitions is easy once eligibility is established. To determine eligibility and to receive an application for the 2020 Vito J. Pitta scholarship awards call the scholarship fund at (718) 361-5100, ext. 3600. To determine eligibility and to receive an application for the Division A scholarship awards call Jerry Sammartino at 212-492-2136. Members are asked to note that there are important guidelines and deadlines to be followed.

Competition Notes

Over the years, many students have told us that winning one of these scholarships made a genuine difference in their lives. The scholarship awards often mean more than money to many of the recipients. They also represent an important achievement, while helping recipients make a firm commitment to succeed in school and accomplish more in the years ahead.

As we report every year, many factors are taken into account in determining the winners of the Vito J. Pitta and Division A scholarship awards. These factors include students' scholastic records, community involvement, financial need and extra-curricula activities.

These scholarship programs are competitions and the winners are chosen by a selection committee of professional educators. The union and management have no say whatsoever in the determination of the winners. The scholarship selection committee has done a superb job of choosing the scholarship recipients in the past, as evidenced by the unparalleled record of success in school and in careers by previous winners.

Once again, to determine eligibility and to receive an application for the 2020 Vito J. Pitta scholarship awards call the scholarship fund at (718) 361-5100, ext. 3600. To determine eligibility and to receive an application for the Division A scholarship awards call Jerry Sammartino at 212-492-2136. Please remember that once applications are received they must be completed and returned to the appropriate addresses no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

We wish the best of luck to all students who apply for these scholarships!