Tom Ballance, president/CEO of Borgata, delivered the keynote address.
ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City Hotel and Lodging Association (ACHLA) Scholarship Foundation recently awarded scholarships to 17 students pursuing hospitality and/or culinary careers at its annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Borgata. During the course of its history, the ACHLA Scholarship Foundation has awarded in excess of $300,000.
Atlantic County scholarship winners (L to R) include Jaleesha Mills, Miranda Lamey, Olga Koteva-Gorgiev, Catherine McDonnell, Kimberly Richardson, Andrew Huggard, Sofia Sansweet, Sharon Beals, Dylan Higgins, and Nancy Maslowas. Not pictured are Joanne Pereira and Samantha Vicchiarelli.
Tom Ballance, Borgata’s president and CEO and a 32-year veteran of the casino industry, was the keynote speaker.
“Don’t worry so much about advancing at your job,” Ballance told the students. “Concentrate instead on meeting new challenges without fear of failure. That will make you a smarter and more valuable employee.
“If you’re not having fun at your job, figure out how you can,” he added. “Or find another job.”
Ray Bertschy, the newly elected ACHLA president, presented the scholarship awards with ACHLA executive director Howard Bacharach. Bertschy is also vice president of food-and-beverage at the Tropicana.
This year’s scholarship recipients are students at Atlantic Cape Community College (Atl.-Cape), Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (RSC), and Rutgers University (RU). Many of them also work in area hospitality or culinary jobs.
2013 Scholarship Winners
Sharon Beals, EHT — Atl.-Cape
Dylan Higgins, Ventnor — Atl.-Cape
Andrew Huggard, Galloway — FDU
Olga Koteva-Gorgiev, EHT — Atl.-Cape
Miranda Lamey, Somers Point — RSC
Nancy Maslowas, Pomona — FDU
Catherine McDonnell, Galloway — RU
Jaleesha Mills, Pleasantville — FDU
Joanne Pereira, Galloway — RU
Kimberly Richardson, Mays Landing — FDU
Sofia Sansweet, Ventnor — RSC
Samantha Vicchiarelli, Somers Point — RSC
Louis Rodia, Sicklerville — FDU
Lisa Smith, Seaville — FDU
Aglee Burke, Millville — Atl.-Cape
Jennifer Cittadino, Eatontown — RSC
Magen Davies, Cranford — RSC