Eta Sigma Delta

  • About Eta Sigma Delta (ESD)

    In 1978, a group of students from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics identified a need to recognize hospitality and tourism students for outstanding academic achievement, meritorious service, and demonstrated professionalism. Today, there are over 100 active ESD chapters throughout the world. The growth is testament to the dedication of both students and professionals in hospitality and tourism to the pursuit of academic, professional, and personal excellence. It is the intent that this society will lead hospitality and tourism educators and professionals to the highest levels of professionalism and achievement.

    ESD Events and Services

    ESD members unite outstanding students for campus activities, fundraisers, and volunteer programs throughout the year. We are continuously giving back to our school and local community. Members volunteer at the Humane Society, Four Footed Friends, senior living homes, local school districts, and other available opportunities. Members also hold tutoring sessions for any individual within the Hospitality program that is in need of academic assistance. We also hold fundraising events such as: themed events, college cookbook recipes, food drives, and t-shirt sales. Fundraising events help us to give back to the community, as well as attend site visits with major hotels, convention center, country clubs, and other establishments in Pittsburgh and Indiana.  

    ESD Benefits

    The professional benefits of ESD include an opportunity for outstanding students to distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters, and industry executives in an increasingly competitive industry. In addition, ESD provides a networking system through their chapters that allows for interaction and the exchange of information among students. Educational benefits include the opportunity for ESD chapters to provide a stimulus for students to strive for academic excellence.

    Join ESD

    Students that meet the eligibility requirements will be notified each semester via e-mail.

    • Student must be enrolled in an institution that belongs to International CHRIE
    • Have completed 50 percent of the credit hours required for graduation
    • Be a current hospitality or culinary arts major
    • Have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 in a 4.0 system or its equivalent, or be in the top 20 percent of the class
    • Agree to uphold the values of excellence, leadership, creativity, service, and ethics

    Eligible students may access a copy of the Student Application from the ICHIRE website using the link below:

    ESD Student Application

    ESD Faculty Advisor 

    Reach out to a faculty advisor for more information. 

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