Tomorrow’s leaders today


AAHOA has partnered with Kennesaw State University to establish the Michael Leven & Lee Dushoff AAHOA Scholarship for Compassionate Leadership. The scholarship’s first recipient, Ariana Stevenson, told Today’s Hotelier about her place in the future of the hospitality industry.

Tell us about yourself.

I am currently a senior at Kennesaw State University and majoring in business management with a minor in marketing. I grew up in Woodstock, GA, and I chose KSU because of all the business opportunities being that it is close to Atlanta, GA. I currently am working at Jackson Healthcare in Alpharetta, GA, as a benefits coordinator in human resources.

Why did you choose hospitality as a career path?

I chose hospitality management as a career path because I want to pursue a degree where I can serve others while also having the opportunity to manage a team of employees. I wanted a career path that was flexible with job opportunities in many areas to explore such as human resources or project management. Hospitality also gives you many travel options as I would love the opportunity to travel beyond just working in the office.

How did you learn about the Michael Leven & Lee Dushoff AAHOA Scholarship for Compassionate Leadership?

I learned about the AAHOA scholarship by applying to the scholarship application at KSU. KSU gives its students who excel in their course an opportunity to be rewarded through their various scholarships.

What does this scholarship mean to you?

I’ve worked throughout college and maintained a high GPA, so receiving this scholarship felt like an accomplishment for the long nights and dedication spent in my classes. This scholarship will allow me to work less in college and provide me with the financial support to focus solely on my final courses while interviewing for my career after I graduate.

What excites you about the hospitality industry?

The thing that excites me most about the hospitality industry is the opportunity to serve others and give back to my local community through compassion in my day to day. The people you meet and the conversations that you get to have with others is truly why I want to pursue a career in this industry.

A Long-Lasting Impact on Our Industry

Consider making a donation to the Kennesaw State University Foundation, which is fully tax-deductible. Embrace the spirit of giving by helping a future hotelier achieve his or her dream. Contributions from AAHOA Members and Industry Partners will help create a sizeable endowment that will provide scholarships for students for many years to come, ensuring that our industry continues to thrive. Make your contribution today at community.


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