In an effort to align with Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas' commitment to increase funding for scholarships, Sodexo has committed $400,000 over the next four years to Western Illinois University to fund scholarships.
"Our intent is to assist with retention and graduation rates, as well as help recruit high achieving students," said Sodexo Resident District Manager Allen Nemec. "Our effort is consistent with what Dr. Thomas mentioned in his inaugural address, as well as Sodexo's commitment to support every community in which we have the privilege to provide our services."
Sodexo's scholarship commitment is shared between the new Western Commitment Scholarships and the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality. A gift of $250,000 will be directed to the Western Commitment Scholarships to strengthen recruitment and retention, while $150,000 will fund annual scholarships for high-achieving students majoring in dietetics or hospitality management.
"Sodexo's goal is twofold. We wish to be part of the Western Commitment as a stakeholder in the Western community, and we wish to assist students pursuing dietetics or hospitality management and planning to enter our industry," Nemec added.