The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation established the David M. Sampson Memorial Graduate Student Award in November 2007 in memory of David M. Sampson to support students pursuing degrees in the M.B.A. and masterís programs in the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
David M. Sampson received a B.S. in Business Administration from Savannah State College and an Executive Masters of Science in Management from University of Maryland, University College. He was responsible for creating policies and a strategic plan to produce greater opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses at Marriott International. Dave was also responsible for developing and managing the company's relationships with special interest groups and key national organizations. He assumed increasing responsibility as an ombudsman with local city officials in areas where Marriott was expanding.
Mr. Sampson was a corporate officer for Marriott International and accepted the Senior Vice President, Diversity Initiatives position in January of 2001. In his 25 years with Marriott his responsibilities included corporate and divisional assignments in employee relations, human resources and equal opportunity employment. In addition to his work with Marriott, he served on the Project Equality Board; the Executive Committee Board; the President's Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities; Multi-Cultural Hospitality and Food Service Alliance Board; and Board of the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC) and the Board of the Greater Baltimore Urban League.
In order to honor David M. Sampson's life and legacy, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation established an endowed fund to support graduate students in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University.
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