The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association hosted the Hospitality Stars of the Industry Celebration in Orlando, Florida. At the ceremony, FRLA representatives awarded Osceola High School student, Melanny Sierra Concepcion, the Trinity Love Hoblit Scholarship. This scholarship provides students entering the hospitality industry $2,500 to enhance their careers. Concepcion is the selected winner because of her outstanding achievements in the industry, while also soaring above and beyond academically.
This scholarship is funded by The Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and funds neuroscience research for aneurysms and strokes for pediatrics and adults. This foundation honors Trinity Hoblit, born in 2001 with primordial dwarfism and diagnosed with multiple brain aneurysms in 2009. In June 2015, at the age of fourteen, she passed away due to a ruptured aneurysm.
Olivia Hoblit, Trinity’s mother, serves as the Co-Founder and President of the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation, honoring her daughter’s name. She explains that, “Trinity’s dream was to one day own her own hotel one day. Through this scholarship, we are able to make other children’s hospitality dreams possible.”
Scholarship winner, Melanny Sierra Concepcion attended Osceola High School, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, while also taking dual enrollment courses at Valencia College. At Osceola High, she competed in hospitality competitions, wrote a grant for the HTMP program at her school, as well as a business and marketing plan for the HTMP program’s coffee cart business. Concepcion has more than two years of industry experience working at Magical Memories and SeaWorld Orlando. She is currently attending Valencia College with plans to transfer to the Rosen School of Hospitality at UCF. Concepcion is one of the first members of her family to attend college.