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Excellence Scholarship

To commemorate the legacy of namesakes Carol and James A. Collins and their longstanding commitment to The Collins College of Hospitality Management, the Board of Advisors established a scholarship in 2021 in their honor and awards $10,000 annually to propel a student through their last year of studies. Student recipients also receive a medallion to wear at graduation and are recognized live at the Hospitality Uncorked event.

  • Academic excellence (3.5+ GPA)
  • Financial need
  • Experience working in the industry
  • Student must be in their final year of studies when scholarship is received

“This award means so much more than winning some extra spending money. It means that I can ignore the Instawork notifications and pay attention during class because I won’t have to worry about trying to pick up extra shifts to pay rent. It means that I can spend more time with my classmates, participating in club and campus activities rather than trying to spend every spare minute at work. I plan to use this award to cover my cost-of-living expenses over the next year and make the most of my last year at Collins.” — Sahsa Maida



2024 Scholarship Recipient

Sasha Maida was inspired to pursue a hospitality career “to be in a position that allowed me to bring joy and create memorable experiences for guests. I want every guest who walks away from an interaction with me to feel as though that was the highlight of their day, because I went above and beyond to make them feel special.” She originally had her eye on event planning as career. However, after attending a college- and donor-funded trip to Florida for the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) National Student Conference led to a new set of career goals. Maida now aspires to become the general manager at a club.

Maida is the incoming president of the California student chapter of the Club Management Association of America. A 2023 alumna of the College of the Canyon’s hospitality program, she came to The Collins College of Hospitality Management with extensive experience that include stints in customer relations and sales for Santa Barbara Craft Jerky, a family-owned artisan snack company for whom she cultivated 300 retail accounts; and running her own restaurant, 805 Kabob in Santa Barbara.

Maida is currently gaining hands-on experience working on the Cal Poly Pomona campus in sales and event planning as a student sales assistant at Kellogg West Conference Center & Hotel, an 85-room lodging and special events facility.