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Oden Named NCBMP Scholarship Winner

December 13, 2012

Tyreese Oden received a $1000 scholarship from the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NPBMP) at an awards banquet in Atlanta, GA

Tyreese Oden received a $1000 scholarship from the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NPBMP) at an awards banquet in Atlanta, GA

Tyreese Oden, a member of the Cheyney University Men's Basketball Team,  was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners. The senior from Philadelphia received his scholarship at the organization’s Fall Conference which was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia November 28 – December 2. The scholarship was awarded at the  Saturday evening banquet. Oden was one of 20 students to make the trip to Atlanta and only one of four to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

To be eligible students had to have a 3.5 grade point average while majoring in a hospitality related field. Candidates also had to submit an essay on how the next generation of meeting planners will impact the industry.

“Success only comes before work in the dictionary. You have to work hard in order to be successful,” stated Oden. The Simon Gratz High School graduate is a member of Cheyney's Keystone Honors Academy and a Resident Advisor in Truth Hall.  He is keeping his mind open regarding career opportunities but would eventually like to work in the hotel industry.

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP), founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to the training needs of African American meeting planners.  Since its founding, NCBMP has made a significant impact in the hospitality community by identifying the sizable purchasing power and impact of the African American convention.