Two Interior Architecture Students Featured in the Winter Issue of NEWH Magazine


NEWH Inc. featured Raquel Raney and Brianna Hunter, two master’s candidates from FIU’s Department of Interior Architecture in their latest issue of NEWH Magazine. The featured story is dedicated to scholarships recipients who represent new talent in the hospitality industry.

Both Raquel and Brianna were chosen as this year’s recipients and will be awarded at the Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Gala in New York City.

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Raquel Raney | NEWH Fabric Innovations Legacy recipient

Since 2013, Deborah Herman, president and CEO of Fabric Innovations, has graciously sponsored an annual $10,000 NEWH Fabric Innovations Legacy scholarship. This year’s recipient, Raquel Raney, will be honored during Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Gala in New York. Raney attends Florida International University as an interior architecture major.

“I am thrilled and beyond grateful to have been selected as the recipient of the NEWH Fabric Innovations Legacy Scholarship,” Raney says. “I am in my final year of school and will be able to breathe a little easier with one less student loan. Through my internship at EoA Group, I have been directly encouraged and supported by our director of operations Jennifer Delmas, who also happens to be our NEWH South Florida chapter president. We have a remarkably active local chapter, which hosts both fun and educational monthly events. NEWH has afforded me many opportunities including networking and job opportunities, as well as countless memorable moments.”


Brianna Hunter | NEWH Ken Schindler Memorial Recipient

The $5,000 NEWH Ken Schindler Memorial scholarship is awarded through a fund established in 2016 honoring Ken Schindler, former president of WALTERS. This year’s winner, Brianna Hunter- an interior architecture major from Florida International University – is no stranger to NEWH.

In 2017 Brianna was awarded the $7,500 NEWH ICON of Industry scholarship and a $4,000 NEWH South Florida chapter scholarship and has kept a strong tie to NEWH. Hunter says, “It is truly an honor to receive this scholarship on behalf of such a generous philanthropic industry leader, Ken Schindler. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to find a career path that would reinforce my natural talents and passions. Thankfully I found that with interior design and I have high hopes of taking the industry by storm. It is with my deepest gratitude and appreciation to NEWH for showing such generosity and making this dream come to fruition. I have been an active member of NEWH for two years and I can honestly say this organization has made such a tremendous impact in my life, both financially and socially. Being able to network with leading professionals in the hospitality industry is truly an invaluable experience. NEWH’s dedication to the academic community gives us a second chance to change our destinies and for that I am eternally grateful: Hunter will be honored alongside other NEWH scholarship recipients during the Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Gala.

View NEWH Magazine’s 2018 Winter Issue.

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