Two seniors selected for Epicurean Charitable Foundation scholarship The students will attend UNLV in the fall

Seniors Benjamin Sison and Mia Salomon are two of the four selected scholarship recipients by the Epicurean Charitable Foundation. Both students will be attending UNLV in the fall. "I am so happy that I was able to earn this scholarship. I can't wait to start studying a field that I love," Sison said. Photo Courtesy of Cashman Photos

Seniors Benjamin Sison and Mia Salomon were announced as two out of the four scholarship recipients of the 2015 class from the Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas (ECF).

“I was so shocked and very excited to hear that I was one of the chosen students. I was really happy to know that I’m going to be studying hospitality management and getting my bachelor’s degree in that,” Sison said.

Sison and Salomon will be attending the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, (UNLV) in the fall. Sison will be studying hospitality management while Salomon will be majoring in hotel management.

“When I was selected for the scholarship, the first thing that came to my mind was my parents and how happy I was that I could make them proud,” Salomon said.

The selected students earned $48,000 dollars worth of scholarship money for out-of-state recipients and $33,000 dollars for in-state recipients.

“This was such a big accomplishment and I’m proud to say that I was able to earn this scholarship,” Sison said.

According to ECF, “scholarship students must display remarkable academic and extra-curricular prowess, show strong professional potential and demonstrate the need for financial assistance.”

“The biggest obstacle I faced while going through the process of getting this scholarship was not knowing who I was up against because it made me super nervous going into every interview,” Salomon said.

In addition, ECF students receive a mentor from the board as a part of the Future Leaders of Hospitality Program.

“A lot of the board members of the foundation are executives in food and beverage and they each choose a student to mentor. I have four that I’ll be able to job shadow and go to their board meetings. I think that to be the best, you have to learn from the best,” Sison said.