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Jessica Sharp - 2013/2014

Jessica Sharp - 2013/2014

Benjamin Mutnick was a distinguished attorney and professor in GVSU’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Department.  During his tenure, Professor Mutnick taught HTM 361: Hospitality Law & Legislation and HTM 353: Meeting Planning.  At the beginning of the winter semester in January of 2010, Professor Mutnick was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer.  Despite this fact, and despite the constant and relentless repercussions from this illness, Professor Mutnick maintained an extraordinary dedication to both his students and to GVSU.

Sadly, Professor Mutnick passed away on November 28, 2010 at the age of 29.  However, the legacy he leaves behind represents more than a professor going out of his way for GVSU’s students, but rather an unbridled sprit which would not be defeated by a tragic illness that touches so many of our lives, and the lives of our friends and loved ones.

The purpose of the Benjamin Mutnick Mettle Memorial Award is to recognize a Hospitality and Tourism Management student who, like Professor Mutnick, has persevered through and/or overcome challenging or adverse conditions in their own lives while, at the same time, achieving success in the HTM Program.  Each award recipient will demonstrate a sincere motivation to succeed, despite such trials and tribulations.

Students should note that this award is not limited solely to those individuals who may have overcome severe illness, but is available to those students who endured any significant obstacle with an optimistic aspiration to succeed, despite all odds.

"I am grateful to have received the Benjamin Mutnick Scholarship and am honored to be a part of this award.  As a senior in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, this award has helped with financial burdens and has allowed me to focus more on my academic and future goals.  Upon graduating in the Spring, I hope to be part of an organization where I can positively impact the community and those around me."

Jessica Sharpe

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