Keith Named Winner of Governor’s Tourism Award | Local

CHARLESTON — Faculty at the College of Charleston School of Business have selected Hailey Keith of Orangeburg as one of the recipients of South Carolina’s 2021 Governor’s Tourism Student Award.

Students studying tourism at South Carolina colleges and universities who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and industry involvement are eligible through a nomination process. Winners also receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“This award means so much to me,” said Keith, who hopes to work in large-scale event management. “I am incredibly passionate about hospitality and tourism and couldn’t imagine myself working in any other industry, so I can’t think of any greater honor than receiving this award.”

Keith will be officially recognized in the coming weeks at Columbia’s Lace House at an awards ceremony.

She added: “I so appreciate the faculty of the department, especially Dr Steve Litvin and Dr Robert Frash, with whom I had the pleasure of working on research and in the First Year Experience program. Management hospitality and tourism has really made my college experience enjoyable, and I’ve learned so much in my four years here.”

Keith joins the company of high-achieving former hospitality students from the college, including Lauren Furey (2018), Alexis Davis (2019) and Cassidy Hyatt (2020).

The Hospitality and Tourism program at the College of Charleston School of Business offers a unique placement-based education in one of the nation’s premier destination cities. For more information, please visit

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the college is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life, and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs, and accessible faculty, attracts students from across the United States and around the world.

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