Created and named for the founder of Holiday Inns, the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management (KWS) prepares students for a career in one of the largest and fastest-growing fields in the world. Offering a balance of academics and hands-on experience, the program stresses global awareness, diversity, and sustainability. Students work in a variety of settings, including hotels, resorts, restaurants, and sports and tourism businesses. Through the Jay Uiberall Hospitality School Scholarship, JUF supports KWS students entering the field of hospitality by providing an annual $3,000 scholarship.

 
Pictured: Dr. Radesh Palakurthi, professor and dean of the University of Memphis Kemmons Wilson Culinary Institute; Tonya Wallace, 2019 Jay Uiberall Hospitality School Scholar; Jill Shanker, Jay Uiberall's sister and Jay Uiberall Foundation co-founder; Kevin Brewer, LEO Events principal and JUF co-founder.

Pictured: Dr. Radesh Palakurthi, professor and dean of the University of Memphis Kemmons Wilson Culinary Institute; Tonya Wallace, 2019 Jay Uiberall Hospitality School Scholar; Jill Shanker, Jay Uiberall's sister and Jay Uiberall Foundation co-founder; Kevin Brewer, LEO Events principal and JUF co-founder.

Our 2019 Jay Uiberall Hospitality School Scholar is Tonya Wallace

Tonya attended Arkansas State University immediately after high school, but her college career was interrupted by health issues. 20 years later — when her daughter received her CNA certification in nursing — Tonya decided to return to college and finish her degree.While maintaining a 3.5 GPA in college, Tonya also worked a full-time job and a part-time job, and she discovered that her true passion was hospitality. Her goal is to work for a major corporation as Director of Operations, earn her master's degree, and eventually open her own Event Planning business.

Congratulations, Tonya!