Ashland University Students Receive Foundation Scholarships

Ashland University Students Receive Foundation Scholarships
Erin Bittner (left) and Hannah Mattar pose for a photo with their scholarship awards from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation.

8/29/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Two Ashland University students have been named recipients of the 2014 American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation Scholarship (AH&LEF), each receiving a $2,000 scholarship for this year.

Erin Bittner, a senior from Madison, Ohio, and Hannah Mattar, a junior from Lake Orion, Mich., received the scholarships that are given annually to Ashland University Hospitality Management majors.

Bittner graduated from Madison High School in 2011. She is a senior at Ashland majoring in Hospitality Management and minoring in Business Management. She has been a McDonald’s employee for five years and this summer she completed a management internship at McDonald’s restaurant in Madison. During this internship, she was able to gain additional experience managing alongside the store manager and learning how to effectively manage employees.

Mattar graduated from Lake Orion High School in 2012. She is majoring in Hospitality Management and minoring in International Business. She is a member of the Ashland University swim and dive team and a six-time NCAA All-America athlete. Mattar also is involved with Greek life on campus as a sister in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. This past summer she worked at Great Oaks Country Club helping with event planning and organizing.

Created in 1953 as the charitable, not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Foundation initially focused on providing scholarships to a small group of promising hospitality students. Over the past half-century, the vision has expanded and the Foundation has taken on a much greater mandate: ensuring a strong and viable future for the entire lodging industry.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###