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Scholarship Guidelines

Rick Milton Hospitality Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

Rick Milton spent more than 40 years in the hospitality industry. He was a certified hospitality administrator managing, owning, and operating a number of hotels throughout his career. He was known in Grand Island as "Mr. Hospitality." His title was earned through his service on the PTO's and booster organizations of Dodge Elementary, Barr Middle School, and Grand Island Senior High. He was known for organizing wonderful experiences for teachers and staff as a thank you for their efforts. Rick also invested heavily in Grand Island with his time and treasure. He was the Chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and was instrumental in efforts to bring travel and tour business into Grand Island. Rick had a passion for education and to honor his memory, his family has set up this perpetual scholarship fund.

Amount and Terms

  • $500 x 1 year

Number of Scholarships

  • 1


  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Must have an ACT composite score of 20 or more
  • Must major in a hospitality field such as tour and travel, hotel/restaurant management, convention planning, event planning, etc.

Preference will be given to those who

  • attended Dodge Elementary
  • have demonstrated work in a hospitality field such as waiting tables, hotel housekeeping, hotel clerk, banquet setup, bussing tables, etc.

Essay Question

  • Answer the following questions (Max 500 words):
  1. What is the Hospitality Industry?
  2. Why are you interested in the hospitality field?


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