Past Foundation Scholars

Current Scholar

2020: Nicholas Fecher

The Foundation board of directors has named Nicholas Fecher the recipient of a 2020 Dream Scholar award. Nicholas is the son of Towne Park Account Manager Adam Fecher, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is one of three recipients this year to be recognized for their outstanding academic and community achievements. Formerly the Valentine Memorial Scholarship, the Dream Scholars program is part of Mobilizing Dreams, The Foundation’s mission focused on creating memorable experiences for others – kids facing health challenges, helping our associates achieve their educational dreams or supporting team members’ needs in crisis situations so they can move beyond…
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August 17, 2020
Past Scholar

2019: Andrew Long

The Foundation has awarded the 2019 Valentine Memorial Scholarship to Andrew Long, a Towne Park Guest Service Captain at St. Francis Medical Center in West Peoria, Illinois. His career at Towne Park, his current studies at Illinois Central College and his work as a volunteer for multiple organizations reflects the values of the Valentine Memorial Scholarship. Andrew, who recently earned a 4.0 grade point average at Illinois Central College (ICC), will receive a $10,000 scholarship per year to be applied to his continued education at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW-Madison, Andrew plans to complete his studies by majoring in…
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June 18, 2019
Past Scholar

2018: Marina Beshai

We’re proud to announce The Foundation has awarded the 2018 Valentine Memorial Scholarship to Marina Beshai of Severn, Maryland. Marina, the daughter of Towne Park’s Adel Beshai, a shuttle driver with Econopark, will attend Princeton University in the fall to pursue a degree in computer engineering. The news was shared at Econopark Express with Marina and her family along with Towne Park and Econopark leaders and team members.  She was selected from more than 40 applicants and will receive a $40,000 scholarship over the course of her college career to support her education and goal to become a software engineer.…
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June 4, 2018
Past Scholar

2017: Aileen Maranan

The award was made on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Torrance Memorial Hospital in the presence of Aileen’s family, Towne Park teammates of her father, and client managers. Towne Park Regional, District and local leaders from throughout the Western Group also attended the event. Presenting the award as a representative of The Foundation’s board was Towne Park Senior Vice President, Scott Buttz. “Among so many extremely deserving and qualified applicants, Aileen clearly models the values, leadership example, and potential envisioned by Bob Valentine and The Foundation. It was an absolute honor and privilege to present the Maranan family with this…
The Foundation
March 15, 2018
Past Scholar

2016: Scott Coffin

The San Diego District is extremely proud to have Scott Coffin named the 2016 Valentine Memorial Scholarship recipient. Scott was notified just before a GSC meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd, where he was pleasantly surprised to find Towne Park’s Regional and District leaders in a meeting room with beautiful hors d’oeuvres. He was very happy to see the support from Towne Park and his peers. Scott does everything that is asked of him in true Towne Park fashion, not just at his home site the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, but wherever there is a need. He is well trained, can adapt to…
The Foundation
January 30, 2018
Past Scholar

2015: Leah Atkinson

The Sun District is extremely proud to announce Leah Atkinson has been named the 2015 Valentine Memorial Scholarship recipient. Leah was notified on a pseudo-conference call, after stressing and preparing for a week under the masquerade of a follow up interview. She did not find this charade as funny as leadership thought, but loved the idea of it! Leah does everything that is asked of her in true Towne Park fashion – not just at her home site at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, but wherever there is a need. Nick Hartzel, her Account Manager, said it best: “Leah’s communication and…
The Foundation
January 29, 2018
Past Scholar

2014: Sam Skidmore

Sam Skidmore, 2014 Valentine Memorial Scholarship recipient, wasn’t dreaming, he was planning, when he said “…this scholarship will actually allow me to be able to save money for my pilot license.” Having a pilot license makes perfect sense to propel the career of our Georgia State of Technology, Aerospace and Aeronautical major. Sam has been parking cars for Towne Park in Atlanta since 2012 and we are convinced after parking cars …parking aircraft, rotorcraft and spacecraft is a natural next step for our community focused Ga. Tech senior. In true Towne Park fashion, Michael Brown, Atlanta Area Manager, organized a…
The Foundation
January 28, 2018
Past Scholar

2013: Syrena Bracey

Syrena Bracey of Clinton, Maryland has been awarded the 2013 Valentine Memorial Scholarship by The Foundation, a 501© non-profit organization that serves and supports the communities in which Towne Park associates live and work.  Syrena’s father, Scott Bracey, has been a valued associate for over three years with Towne Park. The annual Valentine Memorial Scholarship provides one student – a Towne Park employee or immediate family member – with an undergraduate college tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years. With assistance from Educational Testing Service’s Scholarship and Recognition Programs, The Foundation selects the winner by assessing applicants’ financial need,…
The Foundation
January 27, 2018
Past Scholar

2012: Jacob Kuna

Nick Hartzell, Account Manager at the Sheraton Phoenix, secured a banquet room at the hotel set up with drinks, snacks and a champagne toast. Jacob’s family was there to deliver the great news, as were several of Jacob’s Towne Park teammates; District Manager Erik Arreola, three local Account Managers, numerous Guest Service Coordinators, Business Development Manager Mark Dale, myself and the Hotel’s Director of Operations, Todd Iacono. As we waited for Jacob to arrive, I spoke to those in attendance about the history of the Valentine Memorial Scholarship, including who Bob Valentine was and how important he was to our organization and…
The Foundation
January 26, 2018
Past Scholar

2011: Debebe Theodros

Debebe is currently attending the University of Florida in Gainesville. He’s admirably pursuing a degree in biochemistry and is on a pre‐medical track. He recognizes “the road to becoming a physician is arduous” and envisions himself “as either a neurosurgeon, cardiovascular, or trauma surgeon” in 10 years.It is his dream “to help people on a daily basis” and he even imagines himself “pioneering new surgical techniques.” In addition to parking cars part‐time at the Gaylord Palms Resort and his busy, demanding school schedule, Debebe manages to find time to volunteer and participate in many activities. For instance, he’s currently a…
The Foundation
January 25, 2018
Past Scholar

2010: David South

David is attending Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and is pursuing a four-year degree in Business Administration. In 10 years, David plans to be working in an administration department of a hospital. In his application, David stated “I want to be able to help people and families get through their unfortunate situations of having someone who struggles with Autism…I want to be able to pull communities together to help lead people in the right direction on this issue.” He ended his future goals section with “My goal is to make living with Autism a little easier.” In 2001, David…
The Foundation
January 24, 2018
Past Scholar

2009: Jesse Burke

Jesse Burke is currently enrolled at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is pursuing a four-year degree in Biochemistry/Neuroscience. In 10 years, Jesse plans to be in his final year of a MD/PhD program. He stated that he hopes “to get the best training possible and then go to a less fortunate country where my services will be greatly used.” Jesse ’s inspiration comes from Dr. Ben Carson, a prominent children’s neurosurgeon and motivational speaker. “ I hope to be the most knowledgeable young doctor I can be and … hope that I can help with the guidance of the…
The Foundation
January 23, 2018