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Foundation of the National Association of Catering Executives 2011 Vince DeFinis Scholarship Application The Foundation of NACE is proud to announce its 2011 Vince DeFinis Scholarship Program, in honor of a founder of our first NACE chapter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Vincent DeFinis, CPCE. About Vince DeFinis, CPCE Vincent DeFinis, CPCE, started in the hotel industry in 1932 and worked in all the food and beverage departments of service under European chefs in front operations with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Systems. In World War II, Vince served in the Air Force as food supervisor for the largest air depot in the European theatre of operations for the Eighth Air Force Service Command. During his association with the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel as director of catering, he personally arranged functions for eight Presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Carter and Bush, as well as many foreign dignitaries and heads of state. For more than fifty years, he served in nearly every executive capacity in the hospitality industry. He was the oldest living NACE member until his passing in November 2007. He was named Man of the Year in 1971 by the National Food Service Executive Association and received the first Hall of Fame award from NACE in 1998. Vince DeFinis Scholarship Program In the spring of 2011, five undergraduate students pursuing a degree in hospitality or a closely-related field will be awarded scholarship by the Foundation. The Vince DeFinis scholarship winner will be selected at the conference, among all of 2011 Foundation of NACE scholarship winners. The following scholarship amounts will be awarded: 1. $10,000 Vince DeFinis Scholarship Award. ( One to be awarded ) The money will be distributed in two payments. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled as a full-time
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