Grove Bay Hospitality Group, Led by Two FIU Alumni, Collaborates to Offer Scholarships for Hospitality Students | FIU News


First, the prestigious Michelin star awarded to two of their restaurants. Now two FIU alumni and a third business partner hope FIU hospitality students will follow in their footsteps – with a boost in the form of scholarships.

Grove Bay Hospitality Group announced the launch of the Grove Bay Foundation in partnership with the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Created to provide scholarships to students majoring in hospitality management, the Grove Bay Foundation will donate $280,000 over the next five years to at least 40 students pursuing studies in the hospitality industry.

Through the creation of the Grove Bay Hospitality Group Scholarship Fund and other upcoming initiatives, Grove Bay reinforces its commitment to developing talent in Miami and fostering a group of future leaders who want to pursue careers in hospitality. ‘hotel. Grove Bay is an award-winning restaurant group founded by two FIU alumni; it’s home to two of Florida’s Michelin-awarded restaurants: Jeremy Ford’s Stubborn Seed, which earned one star, and Red Rooster Overtown, winner of the Bib Gourmand. More recently, the South Florida Business Journal recognized Grove Bay as one of the “Best Places to Work” of the year in 2022.

“With the hospitality industry being hit hard by a labor shortage, we recognized the opportunity to establish the Grove Bay Foundation and partner with FIU to provide scholarships to members of our community who are sincerely interested in pursuing a career in restaurants”, says Ignacio Garcia-Menocal, MAcc ’98, CEO and co-founder of Grove Bay Hospitality Group. “Not everyone has the financial means to go to college, and we don’t want that to be the reason why someone who is passionate about the hospitality industry can’t advance their career.

“By providing access to higher education through these scholarships, our hope is to empower and support future leaders in our industry and ultimately to inject that talent back into our community,” adds Francesco Balli, MBA ’99, CEO and co-founder. of Grove Bay.

As the 8th best hotel school In the United States, the Chaplin School offers students undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of hospitality and tourism management specializations, including restaurant and kitchen management and food innovations and entrepreneurship.

“Grove Bay Hospitality Group is the epitome of excellence, and we are thrilled to partner with two CRF alumni, who see the importance and value of giving back to our students and future hospitality leaders, who eventually want to follow in their footsteps,” said Michael Cheng, dean of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Each student will receive a $7,000 scholarship, which can cover in-state tuition for one year. The scholarships will be divided between four students interested in the “back of the house” (culinary, operations, back office) and four students interested in “front of the house” positions (management, operations, reception) for a total of eight annual recipients (40 students in total will receive scholarships),

Graduates will also have the opportunity to apply for a position with the Grove Bay Hospitality Group and its many restaurants. Under its employee training program, preference will be given to current and former Grove Bay employees, and applicants must be residents of the State of Florida.

The scholarships will begin to be awarded in the fall of 2022 and can be renewed each year. For more information, please visit


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